Rare US Gold Coins Found In London Garden

October 19th, 2010 - 7:23 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

October 19, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): A total of 80 rare gold coins from the US was found in an East London garden today. The coins were discovered in Hackney and have been supposedly minted between the years 1854 and 1913. The total value of these coins may well run into a six figure sum. Most of the coins are Double Eagle $20 pieces.

While undiscovered stashes of Roman coins are frequently found in and around London, finding US coins is a relatively rare occurrence. The reason for hiding the coins seems to be even more mysterious.

An inquest held at the St Pancras Coroner’s Court set the last date of 8th February 2011 for the legitimate owner of the coins to come forward and claim the findings. The details pertaining to the exact location of the find as well as the manner of storage is being kept a closely guarded secret in order to thwart away unwanted and dubious persons from making false claims of ownership. The finding was also announced at the inquest by Dr Andrew Scott Reid.

The coins will go into the treasury of the crown if no legitimate owner can be found within the stipulated time. The entire collection of coins is expected to be put up for display at the British museum in the Central area of London, Tuesday onwards.

The head of the portable antiquities and treasure at the British museum, Dr Roger Bland, states that the discovery is indeed unique as nothing quite like this has ever been found before. He believes that there is a fascinating tale behind the hiding of the coins in the ground as well as in the reason for not collecting them so far.

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