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).


1986 United Kingdom Gold Proof Sovereign 3 Coin Set by Royal Mint .9oz Pure Gold

High Bid: $955.00
Bids: 15
Time Left:
12h 7m


Great Britain - 1959 Gold Sovereign (Low Mintage)

High Bid: $350.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
9h 56m


1885 Australia One Sovereign Gold ( .916 ) coin Queen Victoria M Mintmark

High Bid: $325.64
Bids: 11
Time Left:
3d 18h 40m


1879 Australia One Sovereign Gold ( .916 ) coin Queen Victoria M Mintmark

High Bid: $325.64
Bids: 15
Time Left:
4d 18h 40m


1910 Australia One Sovereign Gold ( .916 ) coin Edward VII M Mintmark

High Bid: $324.51
Bids: 22
Time Left:
4d 18h 41m


SCARCE 1820 SOVEREIGN, CLOSED 2, BRITISH GOLD COIN FROM GEORGE III GVF

High Bid: $319.69
Bids: 12
Time Left:
4d 4h 55m


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

High Bid: $314.52
Bids: 9
Time Left:
3d 18h 42m


1912 Great Britain Gold Sovereign

High Bid: $310.00
Bids: 12
Time Left:
4d 10h 40m


1913 Great Britain Gold Sovereign

High Bid: $305.00
Bids: 11
Time Left:
4d 10h 40m


1918 I KING GEORGE V INDIA FULL GOLD ST.GEORGE BACK SOVEREIGN COIN NGC MS64 UNC

High Bid: $303.38
Bids: 8
Time Left:
7d 5h 5m


1913 GREAT BRITAIN SOVEREIGN GOLD COIN

High Bid: $300.43
Bids: 30
Time Left:
9h 23m


1928-SA SOUTH AFRICA SOVEREIGN GOLD COIN

High Bid: $300.43
Bids: 25
Time Left:
9h 24m


1931-SA SOUTH AFRICA SOVEREIGN GOLD COIN

High Bid: $300.43
Bids: 20
Time Left:
9h 25m


1917-S Australia GOLD 1 Full Sovereign Graded **PCGS MS-63** Sydney Vintage Coin

High Bid: $299.00
Bids: 15
Time Left:
4d 4h 15m


1884 M MELBOURNE QUEEN VICTORIA FULL GOLD SHIELD BACK SOVEREIGN COIN AU

High Bid: $296.49
Bids: 6
Time Left:
8d 5h 40m


1887 QUEEN VICTORIA FULL GOLD ST.GEORGE BACK SOVEREIGN COIN HOOKED J AU

High Bid: $296.20
Bids: 10
Time Left:
7d 4h 57m


1914-M Australia GOLD 1 Full Sovereign Graded *NGC MS-63* Melbourne Vintage Coin

High Bid: $295.00
Bids: 50
Time Left:
3d 3h 36m


Great Britain 1906 Gold Sovereign

High Bid: $295.00
Bids: 13
Time Left:
5d 1h 10m


1911 GREAT BRITAIN SOVEREIGN GOLD COIN

High Bid: $290.00
Bids: 31
Time Left:
9h 22m


1912 Gold Sovereign, Australia- Excellent Condition, .798 grams

High Bid: $290.00
Bids: 13
Time Left:
2d 43m


1903 British Sovereign Gold Bullion Coin

High Bid: $290.00
Bids: 11
Time Left:
4d 9h 13m


1820 SOVEREIGN, BRITISH GOLD COIN FROM GEORGE III GVF

High Bid: $287.07
Bids: 18
Time Left:
4d 4h 56m


1882 M MELBOURNE QUEEN VICTORIA FULL GOLD SHIELD BACK SOVEREIGN COIN MS61 PCGS

High Bid: $287.07
Bids: 20
Time Left:
8d 5h 31m


Sovereign 1911-S PCGS MS63 Gold Sovereign Australia Sydney S-4003 Choice UNC

High Bid: $286.00
Bids: 28
Time Left:
4d 4h 59m


2013-P $25 Australia Perth Mint Sovereign PCGS PR70DCAM

High Bid: $282.77
Bids: 8
Time Left:
4d 10h 37m