FOUND > $640,000 in Coins Hidden in Old Piano

A 100-Year-Old Treasure Trove Mystery

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The Gold Coins may have been put there sometime between World War I and World War II.


April 22, 2017
By James Massey, What Sells Best News

BISHOP'S CASTLE, UK (VIDEO) – The Chicago Sun-Times reports, a treasure trove of 100-year-old gold coins have been found hidden inside a donated antique piano. According to a Daily Mail report, the coins have an estimated value of up to $640,000 (£500,000).

Reportedly, the 13 pound gold hoard contained 913 coins in total. Gold sovereigns and half sovereigns with dates ranging between 1847 and 1915.

Treasure Source Remains a Mystery

The source of the coins, as well as, when and why they were put there, remains a mystery. A BBC article stated the piano, made by Broadwood and Sons in London, was sold to two music teachers in 1906. Based on evidence, there is speculation the coins were put in the piano sometime between World War I and World War II.

The history is apparently unknown after that, until 1983 when a couple acquired it. The couple, who owned the piano for 33-years had decided to downsize. They then unknowingly donated the piano, along with it's hidden treasure, to their local community college.

Finders Keepers

The school and piano tuner, will both receive a substantial portion of the proceeds from the sale of the coins. This is due to the school owning the piano, and the tuner for making the discovery under the United Kingdom's Treasure Act 1996.

Unfortunately, the couple who donated the piano, won't receive any proceeds. Because they released their ownership rights when they donated it. However, they are reportedly happy to hear the money is going to the college.

Top 25: Gold Sovereign Coins on eBay

The following is a list of today's current Top 25 active Gold sovereigns auctions sorted by highest-bid on eBay, worldwide (Top 25: Rare Coins).


1829 Gold Sovereign George IV (Bare Head) Gold Coin

High Bid: $751.00
Bids: 72
Time Left:
8h 11m


1822 George IIII Gold Full Sovereign.

High Bid: $671.77
Bids: 38
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1993 Official Hawaiian Sovereign First Gold & Silver Proof Set #252/950

High Bid: $635.00
Bids: 16
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1886 S Queen Victoria Australia Sydney Mint Shield Gold Sovereign Coin PCGS MS64

High Bid: $495.67
Bids: 13
Time Left:
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British India 1918 Gold Sovereign *NGC MS-65* Rare 1 Year Type None Graded Highr

High Bid: $463.00
Bids: 8
Time Left:
9h 32m


1879 SYDNEY MINT GOLD SHIELD SOVEREIGN (Extremely Fine Grade)

High Bid: $435.14
Bids: 3
Time Left:
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1902 M King Edward VII Australia Melbourne Gold Sovereign PCGS MS63

High Bid: $417.41
Bids: 8
Time Left:
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1914 S King George V Australia Sydney Mint Gold Sovereign PCGS MS64

High Bid: $339.14
Bids: 22
Time Left:
6d 2h 49m


1864 Queen Victoria Great Britain Gold Sovereign PCGS AU58

High Bid: $336.70
Bids: 8
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A 1967. 22 ct GOLD FULL SOVEREIGN COIN RING IN HM 9ct GOLD SHANK 15 gr SIZE O

High Bid: $326.10
Bids: 16
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1887 Queen Victoria Great Britain Gold Sovereign PCGS AU58

High Bid: $319.58
Bids: 16
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1985 Royal Mint "St. George & The Dragon" Elizabeth II Gold Proof Sovereign Coin

High Bid: $313.00
Bids: 5
Time Left:
1d 10h 25m


Queen Elizabeth II Gold Proof Sovereign - 1980 with Original Box

High Bid: $309.14
Bids: 8
Time Left:
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1905 Australia One Sovereign Gold ( .916 ) coin Edward VII S Mintmark

High Bid: $308.88
Bids: 19
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Original dated 1861 British Gold Sovereign,

High Bid: $306.28
Bids: 3
Time Left:
1d 5h 10m


Original dated 1887-M British Gold Sovereign,

High Bid: $306.00
Bids: 3
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1912 George V Gold Sovereign 22k British Coin - Choice UNC London Mint Dragon

High Bid: $305.00
Bids: 17
Time Left:
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High Bid: $304.60
Bids: 19
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Original dated 1860 British Gold Sovereign,

High Bid: $301.31
Bids: 4
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ALMOST PERFECT GOLD SOVEREIGN 2000 AGW .2352 OF AN OUNCE NGC PR-68ULTRA CAMEO

High Bid: $301.11
Bids: 14
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9h 34m


Sovereign 1867-SY PCGS MS61 Australia Gold Sydney Mint Rare Type Great Condition

High Bid: $301.09
Bids: 11
Time Left:
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1910 GREAT BRITAIN GOLD SOVEREIGN BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED

High Bid: $301.00
Bids: 3
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1h 34m


1912 Great Britain King George Gold Sovereign (.2354 toz, AGW)- BU

High Bid: $301.00
Bids: 7
Time Left:
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Original dated 1899 P British Gold Sovereign,

High Bid: $299.00
Bids: 3
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Original dated 1894 British Gold Sovereign,

High Bid: $299.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
1d 5h 2m