Case Of Coins Worth More Than $30,000 Found Behind Man's Couch

An auctioneer was shocked to find a case full of old gold coins and silver bars behind a U.K. man's couch, which turned out to be worth more than $30,000.

A heap of coins found behind a sofa were sold for more than $30,000.

Last week, an auctioneer stumbled upon a treasure trove behind a man's couch during a routine house clearance in Northamptonshire, which is located in the heart of England, BBC News reports.

There were more than 100 22-carat gold coins dating back to the mid-20th century and 16 solid silver bars packed into a zipped suitcase.

“It was incredible. My eyes lit up — it was quite a find,” said Jonathan Humbert, the auctioneer who found the treasure.

The homeowner asked to remain anonymous, but Humbert noted that he had casually mentioned a suitcase behind the couch filled with gold to him. 

"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,” he added.

The collection was sold at J P Humbert Auctions on Tuesday, with each piece sold separately for bids ranging from €190 to €480.

In total, the jackpot went for about €30,000, or $37,888 American dollars.

According to the Bank of England, the average British homeowner is hoarding about €345 around their houses, tucked away behind sofas or under mattresses.

Ironically, last week’s unbelievable discovery corresponds with the 200th anniversary of the modern gold sovereign.

Fascinating, right? 

Banner/Thumbnail Photo Credit: Flickr, Jeremy Schultz

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