Half of California couple's gold coins sold

May 28, 2014
FILE - This Feb. 25, 2014 file photo shows some of the 1,427 Gold-Rush era U.S. gold coins displayed at Professional Coin Grading Service in Santa Ana, Calif. A treasure trove of rare gold coins discovered by a California couple out walking their dog is set to go on sale on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The man handling the sale of rare, nineteenth century gold coins discovered by a California couple estimates they have fetched about $2 million so far.

Don Kagin said about half of the 1,400 coins had sold as of noon on Wednesday, less than a day after they went up on Amazon.com and his website, Kagins.com.

He said the more valuable coins were still out there, though he wasn't surprised since they would likely be snapped up by more knowledgeable buyers who wanted more time to look.

The couple, who Kagin declined to identify, found the coins last year buried under the shadow of a tree on their rural Northern California property.

They date from 1847 to 1894. Kagin has valued them at $11 million.