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).


Great Britain 1984 Gold Proof 5 Sovereign NGC PF-69 Ultra Cameo

High Bid: $1,634.00
Bids: 4
Time Left:
9d 13h 50m


ETHIOPIA MENELIK GOLD 1/4 WERK (SOVEREIGN)-EE1889 ADDIS ABABA-NGC MS62-NICE COIN

High Bid: $499.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 21h 51m


SCARCE 1918-I SOVEREIGN, INDIA, BOMBAY MINT, BRITISH GOLD COIN FROM GEORGE V aBU

High Bid: $392.15
Bids: 13
Time Left:
3d 14h 37m


CHOICE & LUSTROUS 1860 "Large 0" Victoria Young Head Gold Shield Sovereign

High Bid: $386.74
Bids: 17
Time Left:
3d 15h 45m


2017 $25 Australia Sovereign Gold Proof Coin PCGS PR70DCAM - First Strike

High Bid: $375.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 19h 59m


RARE 1887-M SOVEREIGN, MELBOURNE MINT, GOLD COIN VICTORIA [ONLY 170,908 MINTED]

High Bid: $373.22
Bids: 18
Time Left:
3d 14h 31m


Great Britain Sovereign, 1904-M Australia MS-62 NGC Edward VII Gold Coin

High Bid: $370.00
Bids: 7
Time Left:
3d 14h 3m


RARE 1858 Queen Victoria Gold Shield Sovereign - NO RESERVE

High Bid: $367.81
Bids: 27
Time Left:
3d 15h 38m


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

High Bid: $360.05
Bids: 11
Time Left:
3d 4h 29m


SCARCE 1911-C SOVEREIGN, CANADA MINT, BRITISH GOLD COIN FROM GEORGE V aBU

High Bid: $356.99
Bids: 14
Time Left:
3d 14h 35m


1820 King George III Gold Sovereign - Thin Numbers / Open 2

High Bid: $348.88
Bids: 14
Time Left:
2d 15h 57m


1922-P SOVEREIGN, PERTH MINT, BRITISH GOLD COIN FROM GEORGE V aBU

High Bid: $344.82
Bids: 18
Time Left:
3d 14h 39m


1876-S SOVEREIGN, SYDNEY MINT, BRITISH GOLD COIN FROM VICTORIA VF

High Bid: $341.65
Bids: 13
Time Left:
3d 14h 28m


1853 Great Britain One Sovereign Gold ( .916 ) coin Queen Victoria

High Bid: $340.84
Bids: 76
Time Left:
3d 4h 30m


1900-S SOVEREIGN, SYDNEY MINT, BRITISH GOLD COIN FROM VICTORIA aBU

High Bid: $340.29
Bids: 10
Time Left:
3d 14h 34m


LUSTROUS 1872 Victoria Gold Shield Sovereign (Die Number 45) - EX-DOURO

High Bid: $339.41
Bids: 34
Time Left:
3d 15h 51m


1871 SHIELD SOVEREIGN, BRITISH GOLD COIN FROM VICTORIA [DIE# 97]

High Bid: $336.71
Bids: 14
Time Left:
3d 14h 30m


1909 Australia One Sovereign Gold ( .916 ) coin Edward VII S Mintmark

High Bid: $335.24
Bids: 19
Time Left:
4d 4h 29m


#3090 PCGS Graded Rare 1929-SA (Pretoria) Gold UK Full Sovereign Select Uncirc M

High Bid: $332.00
Bids: 4
Time Left:
20h 14m


LUSTROUS 1863 Queen Victoria Gold Shield Sovereign - NO DIE NUMBER

High Bid: $331.30
Bids: 11
Time Left:
2d 15h 42m


#3091 PCGS Graded Rare 1931-SA (Pretoria) Gold UK Full Sovereign Gem Uncirc MS65

High Bid: $331.00
Bids: 6
Time Left:
20h 21m


1905-S AUSTRALIA GOLD SOVEREIGN

High Bid: $330.00
Bids: 11
Time Left:
19h 28m


1907-M AUSTRALIA GOLD SOVEREIGN

High Bid: $330.00
Bids: 10
Time Left:
19h 31m


1877-M SOVEREIGN, MELBOURNE MINT, BRITISH GOLD COIN FROM VICTORIA VF

High Bid: $329.95
Bids: 10
Time Left:
3d 14h 29m


SCARCE 1920-P SOVEREIGN, PERTH MINT, BRITISH GOLD COIN FROM GEORGE V aBU

High Bid: $329.95
Bids: 14
Time Left:
3d 14h 38m