Family discovers 17th century gold coins while renovating their kitchen floor in England

Family discovers 17th century gold coins while renovating their kitchen floor in England
Family discovers 17th century gold coins while renovating their kitchen floor in England
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In 2019, a family discovered coins dating from the 17th centurye century unexpectedly during the renovation of his kitchen in England. A few days ago, the treasure was sold at auction for $75,900 or £60,740.

A treasure of more than a thousand coins

The treasure was discovered by Betty and Robert Fooks at their cottage at South Poorton Farm in Dorset, England. Robert found it just over half a meter below the chalet’s kitchen floor, after removing flooring materials and concrete from the room. “ One evening I was with the kids and my husband was digging with a pickaxe when he called to say he found something. He put all the coins in a bucket », indicated Betty.

The couple reported the discovery of the coins to a local liaison officer, who then arranged to send them to the British Museum. After cleaning, experts estimated that these were deposited underground between 1642 and 1644. They believe they were probably hidden during the First English Civil War, which took place from 1642 to 1646.

A common practice at the time

The treasure was nicknamed “ The Poorton Coin Hoard “. It included gold coins of James Ier and Charles Ier, half crowns, shillings and silver sixpence pieces from the times of Elizabeth I, Phillip and Mary. Some pieces were sold individually, while others were sold in lots at the auction held by Duke’s Auction House.

Waseem Ahmed, doctoral student in history at University College London, specialist in 17th century British political historye century, explains that the property of opponents was seized during the English civil wars. It is therefore not surprising to discover that civilians hid their property at the time.

If you were a royalist or suspected of being a royalist, you could have your property sequestered by Parliament and vice versa ” Ahmed added, pointing out that the owners of the treasure probably hid it underground in the hope of retrieving it later. In addition, a treasure worth €290,000 was discovered under the floor of a kitchen in England.

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