Initially Published at Modern Mormon Men on May 6, 2014
This treasure lay hidden for over 100 years. It's secrets are long forgotten and it's richest unclaimed. I can't help but think of the account in the Book of Mormon that described how the people would hide their treasures in the earth to try and keep them safe from the Gadianton robbers. These treasures were lost as "they became slippery, because the Lord had cursed the land, that they could not hold them, nor retain them again (Mormon 1:18)."
These stories lend themselves to teaching moments as much now as they did in the Lord's day. Jesus introduced the Parable of the Rich Fool with a warning to "beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth." This man's ground produced in great abundance--so much that he had to pull down his old barns and build bigger ones. Having secured his wealth, he determined to 'eat, drink and be merry'.
But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God (Luke 12:20-21).I would love to have a coin from the Saddle Ridge Hoard. It would probably be a better investment to work on being rich toward God.
* Here are links to some old posts on coin hoards discovered in Israel, Northumberland, UK and the woods north of London.