COSTA MESA — There was buried treasure in the backyard just waiting to be dug up.
And the family knew it.
So one day the granddaughter decided to excavate what her grandmother, an escapee from an oppressive Russian tsarist rule, put in the dirt years ago.
Turns out it was $57,000 worth of Russian gold rubles.
That's just one story Colleen Rivera likes to tell. Witnessing such impressive finds is part of her job as a field manager for the Ohio Valley Gold & Silver Refinery's traveling roadshow.
The Springfield, Ill.-based company is in Costa Mesa through Saturday looking to buy precious metals, jewelry, historical artifacts, antiques and other collectibles.
"With cutbacks, layoffs, cutbacks against insurance … people are needing residual income boosts," Rivera said. "[Selling to us] is a great way to do it."