Stephen: Couple finds $250k worth of gold coins during home remodel

Published on September 16th, 2022 @ 5:34 PM


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A couple remodeling their 18th-century home in North Yorkshire stumbled upon 260 British gold coins in a pot beneath the floorboards. The estimated value of these coins? About $250,000.¬†According to a 1996 Treasure Law, any gold or silver coin minted 300 years ago immediately becomes government property…luckily for the couple, most of the coins were minted 292 years ago, meaning they are fair game for auction. Good News Network reports¬†that the coins are not necessarily special and were the¬†¬£50 and ¬£100 coins of the time they were minted, and likely belonged to an affluent family from the area, the Fernley-Maisters who were influential merchants in nearby Hull. Members of the family went on to serve in the British parliament.

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