Hadleyburg prides itself on its virtue. When a mysterious stranger the town once insulted arrives carrying a sack of gold and a plan to teach them a lesson, the town is set abuzz. He leaves the money to whomever can identify themselves as his benefactor by writing the phrase that's kept inside the sack. Soon all of Hadleyburg's first citizens are submitting their claims. Written by
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According to the story, 99 pounds of gold was worth about $40,000 in 1899. However, in 2012, the value of the same amount of gold would be over $2 million. (one pound = 12 troy ounces; 12 x 99.33 pounds = 1,192 troy ounces; with gold trading at approximately $1,700 per ounce in early 2012, that calculates as $2,026,332). See more