Hundreds of rare gold coins carved into the walls of a remote French mansion fetched more than one million euros ($ 1.2 million) at auction on Wednesday.
Stonemasons discovered 239 gold coins, minted before the French Revolution, when they began renovating the property near Quimper in the western region of Brittany, auctioneers Ivoire / Deloys said.
The family kept four pieces as a souvenir and auctioned the rest in the city of Angers (west), with an estimated value of between 250,000 and 300,000 euros.
The auction was opened at 8,000 euros for a very rare double Louis d’Or, representing Louis XIV and dating from 1646. It rose to 46,000 euros, the same price as a Louis d’Or of Paris dated 1640 and stamped of the Templar Cross.
“The auctions were happening everywhere, in the room, on the internet and on the phone,” said auctioneer Florian D’Oysonville.
The 2019 find has only been reported now after the owners commissioned the auction house with the sale.
The proceeds were to be shared between the owners and the three artisans who found the gold.
D’Oysonville told AFP that the coins, hidden in a metal box, were likely the savings of a wealthy trader or landowner.
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