2022-09-25

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Gold coins worth $290000 found under kitchen floorboard of English couple's home – USA TODAY

A home renovation in northern England has uncovered an apparent nest egg of gold coins, which could fetch $290,000 at auction next month.
The discovery, made by residents updating their kitchen in a small village in North Yorkshire, is one of the biggest stockpiles of 18th-century English gold coins ever uncovered in Britain, London auction house Spink & Son said in a news release sent to USA TODAY.
The unidentified couple found the relics in July 2019, when they uncovered a salt-glazed cup buried underneath the concrete and floorboards of their 18th-century home in Ellerby, near the North Sea.
The soda-can-sized cup contained more than 260 gold coins, Spink & Son said. The coins date from 1610 to 1727.
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In terms of value in today’s money, the trove holds a spending power of about £100,000 (or $115,100). But the auctioneers expect the coins to sell for at least £250,000 (almost $290,000) next month, Spink & Son said.
Almost all of the coins were English, but one coin was from Brazil. Experts believe it circulated through England in the 1720s.
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According to Spink & Son’s release, the coins belonged to Joseph and Sarah Fernley-Maisters, who were married in 1694.
“The Maisters were perhaps the most influential mercantile family in Hull from the late 16th to 18th centuries, trading as importers and exporters of iron ore, timber and coal from the Baltic; several generations served as Members of Parliament in the early 1700s,” the release said.
The coins were set for auction Oct. 7.
“It is a wonderful and truly unexpected discovery. …  It is an enormous privilege to share in this wonderful find and explore this hoard for the benefit of future generations,” Spink auctioneer Gregory Edmund said.
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Natalie Neysa Alund covers trending news for USA TODAY. Reach her at nalund@usatoday.com and follow her on Twitter @nataliealund.

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