A HOARD of gold and silver coins discovered in a property close to Stroud has sold for £80,000.
The dwelling, which had been uninhabited for some months, was carefully cleared from top to bottom following the initial discovery of a number of gold coins in a safe, but a far larger number of valuable coins was found in random locations throughout the property including in kitchen drawers, cupboards and beneath furniture.
“I have rarely encountered hoarding on this scale in my working career,” said Philip Taubenheim, managing director of Wotton Auction Rooms, which sold the collection last week.
“We cleared the property forensically, with coins being found in the most unlikely of locations.
“One sovereign was found amongst the loose sugar in the bowl on the kitchen table.”
He added that he did not think this situation could occur in today’s world of minimalism.
“The work in which we are involved in here at the auction rooms is fascinating, it has always been so.”
Wotton Auction Rooms sold the collection of coins last week.
It was offered in 120 lots, without reserve, and attracted considerable interest from around the country and abroad, with buyers bidding in person and also over the internet.
The highest single price of £8,000 was taken for a 1937 gold specimen set comprising a £5 coin, a double sovereign, a full sovereign and a half sovereign, but numerous other sets made between £3,500 and £1,000 per lot.
Every lot offered was sold.