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).


Very Rare 1839 Queen Victoria Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin PCGS AU53

High Bid: $2,691.05
Bids: 33
Time Left:
7d 18h 59m


1911 King George V Gold Proof Sovereign Coin PCGS PR65 CAM

High Bid: $2,488.66
Bids: 25
Time Left:
18h 59m


1902 King Edward VII Great Britain Gold Five Pounds 5 Sovereign £5 PCGS AU55

High Bid: $1,553.78
Bids: 20
Time Left:
7d 19h 4m


1989 Queen Elizabeth II Great Britain Gold Proof Sovereign PCGS PR67 DCAM

High Bid: $1,214.30
Bids: 31
Time Left:
19h 14m


1937 King George VI Great Britain Gold Proof Half 1/2 Sovereign PCGS PR62

High Bid: $972.75
Bids: 50
Time Left:
19h 4m


2002-03 UK Golden Jubilee Sovereign Collection 22 Karat Gold LE Coins R02UKGS

High Bid: $749.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 2h 25m


1911 Sydney Gold Sovereign - Uncirculated.

High Bid: $410.29
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 7h 55m


1860 Australia 1sov Sovereign AU50 NGC Gold

High Bid: $408.00
Bids: 19
Time Left:
8d 52m


2012 Elizabeth II Great Britain Gold Proof Half 1/2 Sovereign PCGS PR70 DCAM

High Bid: $407.38
Bids: 24
Time Left:
19h 24m


British India 1918 Gold Sovereign *NGC MS-65* Rare 1 Year Type None Graded Highr

High Bid: $400.00
Bids: 9
Time Left:
2d 1h 25m


1866 Gold Australia Sovereign PCGS XF-45, No reserve

High Bid: $367.22
Bids: 20
Time Left:
2h 51m


1887 Great Britain 1 Sovereign Jubilee Head NGC MS-64

High Bid: $362.00
Bids: 14
Time Left:
23h 22m


Great Britain 1872 St. George Sovereign RMS Douro Shipwreck AU 53 NGC B24

High Bid: $350.10
Bids: 39
Time Left:
51m 9s


AA6254) GREAT BRITAIN 1/2 Sovereign 1901 Victoria, 1837-1901 GOLD

High Bid: $339.00
Bids: 78
Time Left:
2h 42m


Full Sovereign 1911 PCGS MS64+ Great Britain S-3996 Gold Coin BU UNC

High Bid: $337.00
Bids: 16
Time Left:
20h 32m


1911 Gold Sovereign ANACS MS-62, No reserve

High Bid: $336.01
Bids: 14
Time Left:
2h 51m


1910 M AUSTRALIA MINT SOVEREIGN EDWARD VII .2354 AGW - NO RESERVE

High Bid: $335.31
Bids: 11
Time Left:
3d 21h 34m


Full Sovereign 1925 PCGS MS64 Great Britain S-3996 Gold Coin BU UNC

High Bid: $335.00
Bids: 18
Time Left:
20h 35m


Great Britain 1907 Edward VII Gold Sovereign UNC

High Bid: $332.00
Bids: 16
Time Left:
15h 52m


Full Sovereign 1913 PCGS MS64 Great Britain S-3996 Gold Coin BU UNC

High Bid: $330.00
Bids: 31
Time Left:
20h 33m


Sovereign 1902-S PCGS MS62 Australia Gold S-3973 Sydney Mint Choice UNC

High Bid: $330.00
Bids: 20
Time Left:
21h


Sovereign 1914-P PCGS MS62 Australia Gold S-4001 Perth Mint Choice UNC

High Bid: $330.00
Bids: 13
Time Left:
21h 4m


1979 PROOF GOLD FULL SOVEREIGN - ORIGINAL ROYAL MINT BOX (40 Years) from Estate

High Bid: $330.00
Bids: 7
Time Left:
1d 51m


1892 GOLD GREAT BRITAIN SOVEREIGN 7.98 GRAMS JUBILEE HEAD DRAGON SLAYER COIN

High Bid: $330.00
Bids: 16
Time Left:
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Sovereign 1873-S PCGS AU55 Australia St. George Gold S-3858A Choice AU

High Bid: $329.55
Bids: 21
Time Left:
20h 46m