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).


1984 Great Britain 5 Sovereign Gold NGC PF69 Ultra Cameo No Reserve!

High Bid: $1,520.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
8d 5h 50m


S107 Great Britain 2012-TDC GOLD 2 Sovereign NGC PROOF-69 Ultra Cameo w/ COA

High Bid: $760.01
Bids: 8
Time Left:
11h 10m


2012 Royal Mint Diamond Jubilee Gold Proof Full Sovereign Coin PCGS PR69 DCAM

High Bid: $621.75
Bids: 6
Time Left:
7d 7h 6m


1887 Queen Victoria Great Britain Gold Sovereign PCGS MS62

High Bid: $560.44
Bids: 11
Time Left:
7d 2h 38m


1889 Queen Victoria Great Britain Gold Sovereign PCGS MS61

High Bid: $479.24
Bids: 18
Time Left:
7d 2h 42m


1890 S Queen Victoria Australia Sydney Mint Gold Sovereign PCGS MS62

High Bid: $475.06
Bids: 27
Time Left:
7d 2h 57m


1866 GOLD NGC CERTIFIED AU55, AUSTRALIA SYDNEY MINT FULL SOVEREIGN COIN LOT #189

High Bid: $449.76
Bids: 24
Time Left:
57m 36s


1849 Queen Victoria Gold Shield Sovereign - Listed as RARE in the Marsh

High Bid: $433.15
Bids: 13
Time Left:
7d 4h 12m


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

High Bid: $430.27
Bids: 21
Time Left:
6d 14h 55m


Queen Victoria Gold Sovereign 1894 Old Head

High Bid: $403.79
Bids: 28
Time Left:
4h 1m


Queen Victoria Gold Sovereign 1883 Young Head Melbourne

High Bid: $398.20
Bids: 18
Time Left:
3h 56m


Rare 22ct Gold Mounted Edwardian Full Sovereign Pendant 1910 Very Fine

High Bid: $395.49
Bids: 13
Time Left:
31m 9s


NICE DETAILED 1852 Queen Victoria Gold Shield Sovereign

High Bid: $395.41
Bids: 20
Time Left:
1d 4h 5m


1906 Australia One Sovereign Gold ( .916 ) coin Edward VII M Mintmark

High Bid: $387.29
Bids: 14
Time Left:
7d 14h 54m


1911-C CANADA KING GEORGE V GOLD SOVEREIGN COIN BU

High Bid: $379.95
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 1h 13m


1875 S Queen Victoria Australia Sydney Mint Gold Sovereign PCGS AU58

High Bid: $378.64
Bids: 8
Time Left:
7d 2h 28m


Sovereign 1883 Young Head Shield Reserve (M) V.F

High Bid: $376.29
Bids: 20
Time Left:
4d 12h 29m


1883M GOLD NGC CERTIFIED MS61, AUSTRALIA FULL SOVEREIGN COIN, LOT #188

High Bid: $367.68
Bids: 39
Time Left:
57m 36s


1879 S Queen Victoria Australia Sydney Mint Gold Sovereign PCGS AU55

High Bid: $363.27
Bids: 6
Time Left:
7d 2h 33m


ICCS 1888-S MS-62 Australian Gold Sovereign.

High Bid: $362.95
Bids: 32
Time Left:
7h 35m


2003 Full Gold Sovereign Brilliant Uncirculated Condition

High Bid: $356.29
Bids: 10
Time Left:
1h 21m


1892 M Queen Victoria Australia Melbourne Mint Gold Sovereign PCGS AU58

High Bid: $356.29
Bids: 13
Time Left:
7d 2h 52m


1974 Falkland Island Gold sovereign Proof

High Bid: $350.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1h 28m


1912 British Full Gold Sovereign Coin King George V

High Bid: $340.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
4h 35m


1980 United Kingdom Proof Gold Sovereign Coin

High Bid: $331.00
Bids: 17
Time Left:
11h 59m