Hoard of gold discovered in piano


Blackleaf
#1
A "substantial" hoard of gold has been found hidden inside an old piano.

The discovery was made in Shropshire before Christmas when its new owners had it retuned and repaired.

Experts think the valuables might have been "deliberately hidden" in the instrument more than 100 years ago...

Hoard of gold discovered in piano in Shropshire


12 January 2017
BBC News


The history and whereabouts of the piano between 1906-1983 is unknown

A "substantial" hoard of gold has been found hidden inside an old piano.

The discovery was made in Shropshire before Christmas when its new owners had it retuned and repaired.

Experts think the valuables might have been "deliberately hidden" in the instrument more than 100 years ago.

An inquest opened at Shrewsbury Coroner's Court earlier to determine whether the find can be classed as treasure, or whether an heir to the cache can be traced.

Peter Reavill, of the British Museum's Portable Antiquities Scheme, described the find as "a stunning assemblage of material".

Investigations so far have revealed the upright piano, made by Broadwood & Sons of London, was sold in 1906 to a music shop in Saffron Walden, Essex.

Its history is then unknown until 1983, when records show it was purchased by a family in the area, who later moved to Shropshire.

'I was like, 'whoa''

The current owners had recently been given the instrument and reported the find to Ludlow Museum Resource Centre.

Mr Reavill said: "The current owners came to the museum and laid it all out on the table.

"I was like, 'whoa'. I'm an archaeologist and I'm used to dealing with treasure but I'm more used to medieval broaches.

"I have never seen anything like that."

No more details will be revealed about the gold while the search is on to find the potential owners.

Ian Richardson, treasure registrar at the British Museum, said: "The artefacts might be older but they were hidden in the last 100 years.

"Somebody put them in there and either died and didn't tell anyone or something else happened."

The inquest will resume in March.

What is treasure?


Treasure must be substantially made of gold or silver

According to the Treasure Act 1996, treasure is defined as any object which is at least 300 years old when found and:

* must be substantially made of gold or silver
* have been deliberately concealed by the owner with a view to later recover
* the owner, or his or her present heirs or successors, must be unknown
* is one of at least two coins in the same find and has a precious metal content of at least 10%
* if the precious metal content is less than 10%, is one of at least ten coins in the same find

Source: Portable Antiquities Scheme (external - login to view)

Hoard of gold discovered in piano in Shropshire - BBC News (external - login to view)
Last edited by Blackleaf; Jan 13th, 2017 at 05:04 AM..
 
Curious Cdn
#2
Man,them Saxons buried stuff in any old place.
 
Blackleaf
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious CdnView Post

Man,them Saxons buried stuff in any old place.

A piano is a great place to hide something that you don't want anyone to find.
 
MHz
#4
Until the movers wonder why in hell it is so much heavier than the other ones they have moved.
 
Blackleaf
#5
 
Blackleaf
#6
Piano gold hoard is 'life-changing' sovereign stockpile

16 March 2017
BBC News


The coins were minted between 1847 and 1915

A hoard of gold discovered hidden inside an old piano has been revealed to be a collection of sovereign coins.

The discovery was made in Shropshire before Christmas (external - login to view) when the piano's new owners had it retuned and repaired.

The collection consists of an undisclosed number of full and half sovereigns, dating from 1847 to 1915.

Experts believe the coins may have been "deliberately hidden" and could yield a "life-changing" sum of money, with a full sovereign worth at least 220.


The history and whereabouts of the piano between 1906-1983 are unknown

An inquest, which will decide whether the discovery can be declared treasure, resumed on Thursday.

Shrewsbury Coroner's Court heard senior coroner John Ellery recount how the piano, made by Broadwood & Sons of London, was initially sold to Messrs Beavan and Mothersole of Saffron Walden, Essex, in 1906.

But its ownership from then until 1983 - when it was purchased by a family in the area who later moved to Shropshire - is unknown.

The coroner is now seeking information about its whereabouts between 1906 and 1983.


A gold sovereign from the reign of Queen Victoria, dated 1847, is the oldest coin in the hoard


A gold sovereign from the reign of King George V is dated 1915

Mr Ellery deferred the conclusion of the inquest to allow for more time for anyone with information about the piano from the Essex area to come forward.

The hoard was initially reported to Peter Reavill, finds liaison officer for the British Museum's Portable Antiquities Scheme at Shropshire Museums.

While not declaring the true value of the coins, he said it had "the potential of yielding a life-changing sum of money".

"It's not the sort of money you would tuck away and forget," he said. "It is a lifetime of savings and it's beyond most people."

Alexandra Whittaker, of auctioneers Fellows & Son, said a full sovereign with a 22-carat weight would be worth about 220, with a half worth 113.

"But if one was particularly special, like if it had something wrong with it, or there were fewer minted that year, then it would be worth a lot more," she added.

The objects will qualify as treasure and be the property of the Crown if the coroner finds they have been hidden with the intent of future recovery.

However, if the original owner or their heirs can establish their title to the find, the Crown's claim will be void.

The inquest will resume and conclude on 20 April.


Peter Reavill recording items from the hoard

Piano gold hoard is 'life-changing' sovereign stockpile - BBC News (external - login to view)
 
no new posts