Earlier this year, a hoard of more than 100 22-karat gold sovereigns and 16 silver bars were discovered behind a couch in England. A few days later, they brought more than £30,000 (about $49,500 Cdn.) at auction.
Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert, of J.P. Humbert Auctions, made the discovery during a routine house clearance in Northamptonshire, England on Jan. 25.
According to Humbert, the coins were stored by the homeowner, who wishes to remain anonymous, in a suitcase behind a settee. The homeowner casually mentioned these coins to the auctioneer, although their significance was overlooked until Jan. 25, when Humbert performed the clearance.
According a story published by BBC on Jan. 31, Humbert recalled: “I went to pick it up and I almost pulled my shoulder out of its socket, it was so heavy—so I had to drag it out unceremoniously.
“It was incredible. My eyes lit up—it was quite a find.”
Each of the 22-karat gold sovereigns—each weighing eight grams—is valued at more than £200 (about $329 Cdn.). Minted by the Royal Mint from 1958-67, the coins depict Saint George and the dragon.
Sovereigns have a nominal value of £1 and were in common currency until 1932.
There were also 16 solid silver bars, each around the size of a mobile phone.
Each piece in the collection sold as an individual lot with bids ranging from £190-£480.