Everyone loves story about hidden treasure.
Jesus told a parable about a woman sweeping her entire house searching for one lost coin.
One couple in England found 260 gold coins hidden under their kitchen floorboards!
They’ve chosen to remain anonymous and understandably so. The coins sold at auction for the equivalent of about $852, 380 according to Today.
The BBC reports that they were found in a pot beneath the concrete of the couple’s Ellerby, East Yorkshire home in 2019. Literally, a pot of gold!
“The coins date from 1610 until 1727, from the reigns of King James I to King George I.” They “belonged to the Fernley-Maisters, a Hull family involved in Baltic trading.”
Gregory Edmund, an auctioneer and British coin specialist at Spink and Son told Today it was a rare privilege to auction these coins, an event that involved over 372 “global registrants.”
“It is a rare privilege for an auctioneer to be graced with a white glove sale (100% sold), but when the story of Joseph and Sarah Fernley and their misers millions came to my attention back in 2019, I just knew the story had to be told,” he said.
“The anonymous finders were absolutely staggered by the result. It dwarfed any pre-conceived expectations and set dozens of world records along the way,” Edmund added.
The couple were working on their floor and initially thought they’d found a cable. Instead, it was the earthenware pot, “about the size of a cola can,” stacked with the coins.
People stated that “the coins sold at auction included two coins with mint errors: a King Charles II coin misspelling “CAROLUS” and a King George I ‘Brockage’ coin with two tails and no head.”
No one knows why coins of such incredible value were stored beneath a kitchen floor. Banking was available during those times.
The mystery, the pot of gold, and the discovery of hidden treasure have captured the public’s imagination.
Certainly this couple, expecting to renovate their home, found themselves with a lot more changed than their tile and many more decisions to make than the color of the new paint.
We’re confident they’re not complaining. But, I’ll bet their neighbors are starting to pull up their floorboards.