Secret $1 million gold stash discovered in French rafters


Goober
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Secret $1 million gold stash discovered in French rafters

A French Champagne producer is spreading the wealth with his workers after they discovered nearly $1 million in gold coins stashed away in the building's rafters, according to Agence France Press (AFP).

"One of the workers (was) attacking the building's ceiling with a crowbar when gold coins started to rain down on him, followed by sacks of gold," Francois Lange, head of Alexandre Bonnet in Les Riceys France, told AFP.

It's not unusual to hear about treasure hunters combing the ocean's depth for gold and other precious metals lost at sea, but finding $1 million in your office attic is quite a steal. And a valuable one too, given that demand for gold has reached new heights recently. In 2011, just an ounce of gold was valued at $1,920.30.

In all, 497 gold coins were unearthed, with the majority literally raining down upon the workers who were busy renovating the building. Minted between 1851 and 1928, the coins have a face value marking of $20 each. However, together they are now worth an estimated $980,000, according to AFP.

Lange says he will keep half of the money for himself, while splitting half with the workers who made the discovery. No one knows for sure who placed the coins in the building, but AFP reports the building was previously owned by a wine producer in the 1930s.


That may seem like a minor detail for now but don't be surprised if this "buried" treasure story still has another chapter to be told. After all, what are the odds that $1 million in gold coins will go unclaimed, even if the previous owners are no longer alive. Just look at the recent legal case being argued between Spain and a team of scavengers who in 2008 found more than $500 million worth of gold coins and other treasures in a wreck off the Florida coast.
 
Cliffy
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

Just look at the recent legal case being argued between Spain and a team of scavengers who in 2008 found more than $500 million worth of gold coins and other treasures in a wreck off the Florida coast.

I found this bit really funny, considering that most of the gold Spain was shipping home was stolen from American native civilizations like the Incas and Aztecs.
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by CliffyView Post

I found this bit really funny, considering that most of the gold Spain was shipping home was stolen from American native civilizations like the Incas and Aztecs.

I admire how the owner shared with the workers. Gotta like that.
 
damngrumpy
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I am more intrigued as to how long the gold was there, who put it there. and under what
circumstances. Where did it come from, and in short the next chapter to be written.
This is a fascinating story without a lot of detail. I hope there is a lot of followup on it.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post


"One of the workers (was) attacking the building's ceiling with a crowbar when gold coins started to rain down on him, followed by sacks of gold," Francois Lange, head of Alexandre Bonnet in Les Riceys France, told AFP.

Dammit! That's where I left that!

Think there's any chance they'll stick it into the lost and found?
 
taxslave
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So thats where I left it. Anybody see a bunch of diamonds in a box sitting somewhere. Possibly with a house key and car key and one wool sock ?
 
Ron in Regina
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I've owned my home for eight years now...and have never even looked
in the attic. I'v3e noticed the hatch about twice a year (it's located near
one of my smoke detedtors)...and thought, "do I really care what's up
there?"

Roof's not leaking. House is warm. No ice damming in the winter & spring.
New shingles shortly before I bought the place. Even the pre-wiring for my
surround speakers was already run above the roofline...so I've really had
no reason to move the hatch to get a facefull of insulation.

Gold coins, eh? Hmmm......
 
bill barilko
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A couple I know rented an older house in South Van-did some cleanup/interior painting that the landlord liked so much he decided to move in shortly thereafter-thus kicking my friends out.

Just as they were packing up they discovered-high on a back shelf in an upstairs bedroom-a small flat box with some very valuable diamond encrusted jewelry.

Knowing the house had been in the landlord's family for generations they said exactly nothing keeping the windfall for themselves.
 
shadowshiv
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Quote: Originally Posted by bill barilkoView Post

A couple I know rented an older house in South Van-did some cleanup/interior painting that the landlord liked so much he decided to move in shortly thereafter-thus kicking my friends out.

Just as they were packing up they discovered-high on a back shelf in an upstairs bedroom-a small flat box with some very valuable diamond encrusted jewelry.

Knowing the house had been in the landlord's family for generations they said exactly nothing keeping the windfall for themselves.

Hopefully the landlord isn't a member of CC! LOL!

Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Dammit! That's where I left that!

Think there's any chance they'll stick it into the lost and found?

Would you be willing to share some of that with me?
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by shadowshivView Post

Would you be willing to share some of that with me?

What's mine is yours.

Well it's mostly mine but some of it can be yours too. lol
 
shadowshiv
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

What's mine is yours.

Well it's mostly mine but some of it can be yours too. lol

I can live with that.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by shadowshivView Post

I can live with that.

Cool. I can be your sugar mommy, lol.
 
shadowshiv
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Cool. I can be your sugar mommy, lol.

That's because you're so sweet!
 
Liberalman
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I hope they cash it in before the gold goes down in value
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by LiberalmanView Post

I hope they cash it in before the gold goes down in value

Due to their age I don't think the price of gold is relevant.
 
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