A French couple who bought an old mansion discovered a treasure in its walls

French mansion, illustrative image PHOTO: Getty Images

A real treasure, composed of 239 gold coins dating from the time of French kings Louis XIII and Louis XIV (“King of the Sun”), was discovered during the renovation of a mansion in the department of Finistere, announced on Thursday the auction house Ivoire Angers, which will try to sell these objects at the end of September, informs AFP, quoted by Agerpres.

The discovery of the royal coins dates back to 2019, but the information was made public only on Thursday.

A couple decided to restore the mansion they had bought in 2012 in Plozevet, a town west of Quimper, Ivoire Angers officials said in a statement.

The new owners decided to merge the three buildings on that property into one and entrusted the renovation work to some stonemasons. Three craftsmen then discovered, inside a wall, a metal box full of gold coins.

” The box was embedded in the wall, fixed between the stones ,  said Francois Mion, the 63-year-old owner of the mansion. A few days later, the craftsmen ” found a bag with a second batch of coins on top of a beam ,  he added.

In total, 239 coins were discovered – including gold ludovici and double ludovici gold. Among them was  “a double gold ludovic with a long table from 1646” , a piece estimated at 15,000 euros. “It is a very rare coin, there are almost none on the market ,  said Florian D’Oysonville, commissioner of the auction house Ivoire Angers, referring to the coin that illustrates Louis XIV in profile, with a mass that reaches to the base of his neck.

The treasure is “considered a fruit of the savings made, no doubt, by a rich merchant or a farmer,” he explained. The auction will be organized by Ivoire Angers on September 29.

The amount that will be obtained, estimated between 250,000 and 300,000 euros, will be divided equally: half for the three craftsmen who discovered the treasure, the other half for the owners of the mansion, according to the legislation in force in France until July 2016.

Since then, according to the new legislation, the archaeological heritage belongs 100% to the French state. But, in this case, the date of purchase of the mansion, in 2012, is the one that will be taken into account, not the date on which the discovery was made.

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