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).


United Kingdom 1980 Royal Mint Gold Proof Collection 4 Coin Set Sovereign Pound

High Bid: $1,338.00
Bids: 10
Time Left:
5d 23h 4m


1876 Queen Victoria Great Britain Gold Sovereign PCGS MS63

High Bid: $684.42
Bids: 28
Time Left:
4d 2h 11m


2017 GILBRATAR 1SOV PISTRUCCI SOVEREIGN 200th Anniversary Gold PF70 ULTRA CAMEO

High Bid: $510.00
Bids: 13
Time Left:
3d 10h 6m


1877 S Queen Victoria Australia Sydney Mint Shield Gold Sovereign PCGS MS62

High Bid: $472.38
Bids: 26
Time Left:
4d 2h 1m


HIGH GRADE LUSTROUS 1862 Victoria Gold Shield Sovereign

High Bid: $464.32
Bids: 31
Time Left:
4d 3h 49m


1887 Queen Victoria Great Britain London Gold Half 1/2 Sovereign PCGS MS65

High Bid: $442.86
Bids: 12
Time Left:
4d 2h 40m


1959 Queen Elizabeth II Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin PCGS MS66

High Bid: $430.78
Bids: 11
Time Left:
4d 2h 56m


HIGH GRADE 1846 Young Head Queen Victoria Gold Shield Sovereign

High Bid: $399.92
Bids: 28
Time Left:
4d 3h 38m


LUSTROUS 1852 Queen Victoria Young Head Gold Shield Sovereign

High Bid: $397.23
Bids: 28
Time Left:
4d 3h 45m


1884 S Queen Victoria Australia Sydney Mint Shield Gold Sovereign PCGS AU58

High Bid: $370.39
Bids: 12
Time Left:
4d 2h 6m


1932 SA King George V South Africa Pretoria Mint Gold Sovereign PCGS MS64+

High Bid: $362.34
Bids: 21
Time Left:
4d 2h 45m


NICE DETAILED 1853 Queen Victoria Young Head Gold Shield Sovereign

High Bid: $355.63
Bids: 19
Time Left:
4d 3h 33m


1880 M Queen Victoria Australia Melbourne Mint Gold Sovereign Coin PCGS MS62

High Bid: $350.26
Bids: 17
Time Left:
4d 2h 26m


1887 Australia One Sovereign Gold ( .916 ) coin Queen Victoria M Mintmark

High Bid: $349.74
Bids: 37
Time Left:
4d 16h 22m


1867 Sydney Mint Type II Sovereign good VF

High Bid: $348.98
Bids: 29
Time Left:
3d 16h 56m


1882 M Queen Victoria Australia Melbourne Mint Gold Sovereign Coin PCGS MS61

High Bid: $335.50
Bids: 16
Time Left:
4d 2h 16m


1877 Queen Victoria Gold Sovereign "Young Head Shield" Sydney Mint,7.9g

High Bid: $330.13
Bids: 38
Time Left:
7d 1h 39m


1884 Gold Sovereign 22ct NO RESERVE

High Bid: $329.73
Bids: 19
Time Left:
12h 37m


2005 Gold British Sovereign

High Bid: $327.00
Bids: 4
Time Left:
4d 9h 23m


2003 Gold British Sovereign

High Bid: $326.00
Bids: 4
Time Left:
4d 9h 22m


1886 M Queen Victoria Australia Melbourne Mint Gold Sovereign Coin PCGS AU58

High Bid: $318.79
Bids: 17
Time Left:
4d 2h 21m


1915 King George 5 V Gold Full Sovereign Coin

High Bid: $317.89
Bids: 4
Time Left:
2h 16m


1885-M  PCGS Genuine Queen Victoria Australia Gold Sovereign - Not Gradable

High Bid: $316.10
Bids: 5
Time Left:
5h 49m


1883-M AUSTRALIA GOLD SOVEREIGN "VICTORIA YOUNG HEAD"

High Bid: $315.00
Bids: 6
Time Left:
5d 6h 52m


1889-M AUSTRALIA GOLD SOVEREIGN

High Bid: $315.00
Bids: 5
Time Left:
5d 6h 55m