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400-year-old gold and silver coins found during home renovation; check how much it's worth

During renovations in Dorset, UK, a couple discovered over 1,000 gold and silver coins dating back to the First English Civil War period.

 A museum official noted that the coins dated back to the 1640s. (Representative Image)Premium
A museum official noted that the coins dated back to the 1640s. (Representative Image)

During renovations, it's quite rare to stumble upon something ancient, especially antique gold and silver coins.

According to a report by Live Science, Betty and Robert Fox, a couple living in Dorset, UK, had recently bought a new house that required extensive repairs. While working, workers heard a clinking noise coming from beneath the ground

Initially, they assumed it was just bricks or stones, but as they continued digging, they unearthed a hidden treasure with more than 1,000 gold and silver coins.

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According to a report by the Guardian, “It is a 400-year-old house so there was lots of work to do," Betty says, “We were taking all the floors and ceilings out and took it back to its stone walls. We decided to lower the ground floor to give us more ceiling height."

Mint could not independently confirm the development.

Experts suggest that the coins were likely concealed during the First English Civil War, which lasted from 1642 to 1646. The conflict erupted when supporters of Parliament rebelled against the English monarch, King Charles I, out of concern that the crown wielded excessive power. At the end of the war, King Charles was executed, temporarily abolishing the monarchy and establishing a republic governed by Parliament.

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The coins were then prepared for auction, with an estimated total value of about 63 lakh.

Julian Smith, a specialist at Duke’s Auctioneers, explained that the coins bore images of historical figures such as Emperor Edward VI, Mary and her husband Philip, Elizabeth I, James I, and Charles I.

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Published: 09 May 2024, 01:23 PM IST
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