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Man discovers a treasure map, a hand and coins in attic

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Posted at 12:33 PM, Apr 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-29 14:38:40-04

Hand treasure map coins found in attic CNNTAMPA, Fla. -  While cleaning out the attic, a man found a box with what appears to be old Spanish coins, a treasure map and a skeleton's hand with a ring on one finger.

According to WFLA, Mike Lopez found the box in his grandparents attic in Tampa, Florida.

"It seems as though this belonged to my great-grandparents because there is a picture of them in there," he said.Hand treasure map coins found in attic CNN3

Lopez said he believes the picture shows his great-grandparents on their wedding day.

Curator of the Tampa Bay History Center Rodney Kite Powell said the map appears to be a treasure map, but was likely a copy from the 1920s or 1930s.

He said coins are a little thin to be Spanish coins or old coins. Hand treasure map coins found in attic CNN1

As for the hand, several experts have examined it but no one can say whether it's definitely human.

Lopez has his own feelings about it.

"I think it still looks real, the weirdest thing is the hand," he said.