Coins: Builders Find Stash In Irish Pub

January 30, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, British Coins, Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Treasure, World Coins

By: Sky News ( Tuesday 29 January 2013

A “fantastic” and “incredibly valuable” haul of gold coins dating back to the 17th century is found by builders fixing up a pub.

Builders working in an old pub in the Irish Republic have unearthed one of the most significant finds of gold coins ever recorded in the country.

Eighty-one coins, mostly guineas and half guineas dating back to the 17th century, were dug up from clay underneath floorboards in the fire-damaged premises of Cooney’s pub in the town of Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary.

Marie McMahon, the curator at South Tipperary Museum in Clonmel where the coins were first stored said: “We were told that they were gold and you never really believe it, normally you would find silver, but they were in fantastic condition.

“There are one or two coins buckled and one tarnished, but overall fantastic condition. They’d be incredibly valuable but legally we would not be allowed to discuss that.”

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