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).


1879 S Queen Victoria Australia Sydney Mint Gold Sovereign PCGS MS61

High Bid: $750.78
Bids: 15
Time Left:
1d 16h 47m


1825 LONDON KING GEORGE IV ST.GEORGE BACK FULL GOLD SOVEREIGN COIN

High Bid: $671.88
Bids: 12
Time Left:
4d 17h 22m


1850 Queen Victoria Great Britain London Mint Gold Sovereign Coin

High Bid: $523.01
Bids: 21
Time Left:
1d 16h 17m


1845 Queen Victoria Great Britain London Mint Gold Sovereign Coin

High Bid: $521.73
Bids: 14
Time Left:
1d 15h 57m


4-Piece NGC BU Gold Set - One Sovereign, Two 20 Francs and One 10 Guilder

High Bid: $500.00
Bids: 12
Time Left:
1d 21h 49m


1842 Queen Victoria Great Britain London Mint Gold Sovereign Coin

High Bid: $496.29
Bids: 19
Time Left:
1d 15h 51m


DETAILED 1844 Young Head Queen Victoria Gold Shield Sovereign - NORMAL 44

High Bid: $489.91
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 17h 29m


1849 Queen Victoria Great Britain London Mint Gold Sovereign Coin

High Bid: $484.82
Bids: 22
Time Left:
1d 16h 12m


1925 GOLD FULL SOVEREIGN PCGS MS63 Great Britain 93 year old uncirculated coin

High Bid: $464.00
Bids: 33
Time Left:
21h 53m


1877 Australia One Sovereign Gold ( .916 ) coin Queen Victoria M Mintmark

High Bid: $407.32
Bids: 20
Time Left:
1d 6h 18m


Great Britain, Sovereign, 1827, Georgius iV Del Gratia.

High Bid: $405.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
2d 13h 50m


1851 Queen Victoria Great Britain London Mint Gold Sovereign Coin

High Bid: $375.40
Bids: 16
Time Left:
1d 16h 22m


1854 Queen Victoria Great Britain London Mint Gold Sovereign Coin

High Bid: $375.39
Bids: 16
Time Left:
1d 16h 37m


1901 Australia One Sovereign Gold ( .916 ) coin Queen Victoria M Mintmark

High Bid: $371.68
Bids: 16
Time Left:
2d 6h 19m


1847 Queen Victoria Great Britain London Mint Gold Sovereign Coin

High Bid: $367.77
Bids: 24
Time Left:
1d 16h 7m


AUSTRALIA 1872-M GOLD SOVEREIGN ICG MS62 KM#7

High Bid: $357.00
Bids: 39
Time Left:
21h 6m


1853 Queen Victoria Great Britain London Mint Gold Sovereign Coin

High Bid: $343.58
Bids: 17
Time Left:
1d 16h 31m


1853 QUEEN VICTORIA FULL SHIELD BACK GOLD SOVEREIGN COIN

High Bid: $343.58
Bids: 15
Time Left:
5d 17h 14m


1858 QUEEN VICTORIA FULL SHIELD BACK GOLD SOVEREIGN COIN

High Bid: $338.49
Bids: 16
Time Left:
5d 16h 59m


1912 Australia One Sovereign Gold ( .916 ) coin George V S Mintmark

High Bid: $335.88
Bids: 15
Time Left:
8d 6h 18m


1877 S Queen Victoria Australia Sydney Mint Gold Sovereign

High Bid: $332.12
Bids: 19
Time Left:
1d 16h 42m


UNC 1911-S GOLD Full Sovereign. Sydney Mint, Australia. AGW .2354 Troy oz.

High Bid: $329.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
4d 33m


1846 Queen Victoria Great Britain London Mint Gold Sovereign Coin

High Bid: $329.58
Bids: 14
Time Left:
1d 16h 2m


1871 S SIDNEY QUEEN VICTORIA FULL ST.GEORGE BACK GOLD SOVEREIGN COIN

High Bid: $328.42
Bids: 18
Time Left:
5d 17h 19m


1976 22ct GOLD SOVEREIGN

High Bid: $327.31
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 6h 50m