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Huge haul of gold coins discovered in Champagne

February 6, 2013 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Treasure, USA Coins

Monday 4 February 2013. By: Richard Woodard (http://www.decanter.com)

A ‘modest’ Champagne worker who chanced upon a US $1M collection of gold coins stands to pocket half the proceeds when the treasure is auctioned later this year.

The employee of Champagne Lanson was remodeling a former grape-drying facility in Les Riceys last February when several of the coins ‘rained down’ on him, according to auction house Bonhams.

The collection proved to contain 497 American $20 coins, minted between 1851 and 1928, and untouched for nearly a century.

How they came to be in a vineyard building in the south of Champagne remains a mystery, but Bonhams.said the former owner of the building was a wine producer who had traded with the US in the 1930s.

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