Found: a jawbone with gold teeth. What is to be done?

There is a category ‘Gold finds’ in this blog. I made it exclusively to increase my own motivation – if once I see the posts from this category, with a great many gold items unearthed, I will immediately cheer myself up to go on a hunt… Supposing you found a jawbone with gold teeth, what would you do with it? Would you take it to a police station or keep it at home?

Found: a jawbone with gold teeth. What is to be done?

The object was found in Nevada, United States, by a novice treasure hunter who took it to a sheriff’s office and gave it to a sheriff. They appointed the forensic examination and DNA testing (to be carried out on the jaw). The find was made with a Teknetics Gamma 6000 machine.

I wonder what would you do if you picked up such a discovery. Would you take it to a police station or preserve it until your sunset years? Let us say, your teeth will fall out some day or other anyway, however, a young policeman won’t chew in your stead )) Or will he?

The video of how the teeth are being found with a metal detector is here. In the comments below there is another (unusual) option of picking up teeth. All gold finds are collected here. Those are really awesome!

5 Responses to Found: a jawbone with gold teeth. What is to be done?

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  • Pretty old post but I found loose gold teeth, no mandible. Smash the gold from the tooth like a specimen quartz rock is the easiest way to remove the tooth from the pliable gold. My Ex cashed them in since she didn’t think the find was as neat as I did and was smart enough not to let the gold buyer pay out at 14 karat since most gold teeth are 16 karat gold and that’s what she requested.. She always got first dibs on my finds, I lost almost all gold and silver that way. Had the Jaw been part of it I think one with no morals could remove the gold teeth and send the rest in for possible DNA testing. No DNA in gold and obviously a person wasn’t killed for their gold teeth since left in the mandible in in the picture. An argument could be made that the gold teeth could help identify a person with the dental records. I have never advertised or bragged about my finds so I wouldn’t care for any recognition if I found a mandible with gold teeth. Since they don’t give unclaimed body parts back if nobody claims them it’s a tuff one nowing regardless what happens to it, the found gold is forever lost to the finder. Perhaps a relative of the deceased would eventually end up with it. Luckily for me I didn’t have to make that decision. I would have probably let my ex make it knowing she would have turned it into the police but she still probably would have done it anonymously. That anonymous part could make it easier for one to extract the gold first.

    • Gold teeth are a normal find. How is it different from a gold ring?

      • You normally find them on the mandible (bottom jaw) ? Surprised then you didn’t notice the difference between a human body part and a gold ring. I understand you said teeth but notice the post. Or are you talking more on the lines of grave robbing with a digit attached still to the gold ring? Since that would be more on line with the OP’s topic of discussion.

        So you would, or you do remove the gold teeth from the mandible and treat the teeth like a gold ring. Than what do you do with the jaws and skulls? Turn them in or leave them were you found it just missing the gold teeth? LOL

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