Building Contractors in France Find Nearly Half a Million in Gold Coins During Reno
A group of contractors turned would-be treasure hunters when they discovered nearly half a million dollars in gold coins hidden in the house they were renovating!
The builders in Northern France found a stash of 239 gold coins which could earn up to 300,000 euros ($356,490) at auction later this month.
CNN is reporting that the three craftsmen found the treasure while working on the restoration of a house in Plozévet, Brittany, in the coastal area of Bigouden in 2019, according to a press release from auctioneers Deloys ahead of the sale. The property had been purchased by a couple in 2012.
While merging a barn and a nursery, the builders found a metal box lodged inside a wall, which had gold coins inside. Just days later, above a beam, they spotted a purse containing another set of coins.
All 239 coins were minted during the sovereignty of Louis XIII and Louis XIV, according to the Regional Preventive Archaeology Service in France, which authenticated, analyzed, and researched the coins.
The oldest of them dates back to 1638, with the most recent from 1692.
There are several especially rare coins among the collection, including the Golden Louis with Templar Cross, Golden Louis with a long curl, and Louis XIV by the Atelier de Dijon — which has an estimated value of 15,000 euros ($17,805).
The mansion itself was constructed in the 13th century and would have been owned by a family of affluent merchants or farmers, with the identity of the last known occupants stemming from the 18th century.
The exact value of the coins will be determined at Deloys auction house in Angers, France, on September 29.
Once sold, the proceeds will be split between the three builders who discovered the coins and the two owners of the manor, with each group receiving half of the funds.