Penny for your thoughts?
While undertaking a new home improvement project, a couple from Ellerby in North Yorkshire, England, hit the jackpot after finding a cup filled with 264 gold coins worth over £800 $000 under their kitchen floor.
The couple first thought they had encountered an electrical cord six inches under their floor, according to The sun – but when they investigated further, it turned out it was actually a cup the size of a soda can that was shockingly filled with coins dating from 1610 to 1727.
When they discovered the treasure, the couple contacted Spink & Son, a London-based auction company, according to the outlet. The company traveled to their home to verify the coins and traced their lineage to a family nearly 300 years ago.
According to The Sun, the gold coins belonged to the Fernley-Maisters, a wealthy family from Hull, England, who were well-known merchants. They also discovered that subsequent generations of the Fernley-Maister family served as Whig MPs and politicians in the early 1700s.
The pieces were originally estimated at $231,390, but that number turned out to be just a tiny bit lower – they recently sold at auction for $852,380, according to NBC New York.
“The sale was unique in many ways,” auctioneer Gregory Edmund told The Sun, alluding to “the history of the pieces, the method of discovery and the rare opportunity to buy them at auction.”
Edmund added: “All of this combined in a buoyant and vibrant market to create incredible new prices as Ellerby’s hoard of 264 coins have found new homes.”
One of the coins, a Charles II guinea, even had a typing error on it – instead of “CAROLVS”, it was accidentally spelled “CRAOLVS”. Another play was a rare Scottish show, according to NBC.
The couple found the pieces in July 2019 and have lived in the house for 10 years. They have not publicly revealed their identity.