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Wendy Reuer, Published July 20 2012

23-year-old grad student finds second Northern Plains Coin

FARGO – When 23-year-old graduate student Beau Gray found the second of three coins hidden in this year’s Fargo Downtown Street Fair, he quietly put it in his pocket and headed to Northern Plains Coin.

Gray and a group of others had been looking in the Case Plaza parking lot at 1 2nd St. N. when clues seemed to suggest the coin was there. But the crowd was gone when Gray found the coin hidden at the bottom of a Mid America Steel sign.

Gray said he was sure it would be close to the ground and he was tipped off to that area by the clue, “You won’t need to beg, steal or borrow when you’re on the case.”

“I knew it had to be somewhere in that property,” he said.

Gray, a Fargo resident and a student at North Dakota State University, participated last year in The Forum’s annual treasure hunt. Friday, he looked for about an hour in the hot and humid weather before finding the coin.

Gray deliberated whether he would return the coin to Northern Plains Coin and take a $500 cash prize or three gold coins worth about the same.

Northern Plains Coin President Mark Kingsley suggested now is the time to invest in gold, with prices expected to increase by at least 10 percent in the next few years.

“I’m kind of stuck between whether I should do something fun for myself or save it for my future, my student loans and stuff like that,” Gray said “Or, maybe I should do something nice for other people.”

He decided to split the difference, saving one gold coin for himself and cashing in the other two for about $330.

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Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530

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