By The Associated Press
OXFORD — The discovery of long-forgotten silver bars is providing a windfall two local governments in north Mississippi.
While preparing to sell a local hospital building, officials found 4,200 ounces of silver nitrate bars stored in a safety deposit box at First National Bank on the downtown square in Oxford.
Officials say that’s about $200,000 worth of silver in the current market.
The Oxford Eagle reports the bars had been put away for safekeeping years ago by the original administrator of Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.
City Attorney Pope Mallette says the silver nitrate had been recovered from X-ray photographs.
Hospital officials have agreed to donate the treasure to two local governments — the city of Oxford and Lafayette County.