Service of Surprises Found in Remodeling Projects

September 22nd, 2022

Categories: Construction, Gold, Remodeling


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I often peek into the giant holes in sidewalks and streets made by Con Ed’s or other workers and ask the construction men and women if they’ve found any treasures. I’ve not lived in old enough homes or apartments to expect to find anything behind walls or floors when making changes or additions or when digging in the garden. It happens in films where characters find bodies or guns and sometimes a stash of bills.

According to Google, in 2012, “researchers and archaeologists found a skeleton under a car park in the city of Leicester. The remains were believed to be Richard III, the Plantagenet king who was killed at the battle of Bosworth in 1485.”


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Sarah Cascone wrote in artnet.com: “What’s hidden beneath your floorboards? For one anonymous U.K. couple, it was a trove of 264 gold coins that is now set to sell at auction for as much as £250,000 ($288,000).” Originally they were worth between £50 and £100.

The homeowners live in North Yorkshire in an 18th century home. They “hit what they thought was an electrical cable beneath the concrete. Instead, it was the secret hoard, tightly packed inside a salt-glazed earthenware cup, about the size of a soda can, buried beneath the home, ITV News reported.”

The well-used coins are from 1610-1727. “The collection originally belonged to Joseph and Sarah Fernley-Maisters, a couple from an influential mercantile family, who married in 1694 and died in 1725 and 1745, respectively. The family made their money trading in iron ore, timber, and coal.”

The coins are up for auction at Spink and Son on October 7. A representative said “I cannot recall a similar discovery in living memory.” They describe the coins as “one of the biggest coin finds in British archaeological history.”

Have you found anything while excavating your backyard or remodeling your home or have you known of anyone who has?

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5 Responses to “Service of Surprises Found in Remodeling Projects”

  1. TC Said:

    LEAVE IT TO THE BRITS FOR DISCOVERING OLD RELICS UNDER FLOOR BOARDS. I’M NOT AMONG THE LUCKY FEW WHO DO. THANK HEAVEN RICHARD III FOUND IN TIME TO REST IN PEACE.

  2. ASK Said:

    When we remodeled our house, we were told by the builder that they found several empty beer cans between the wall studs!

  3. Jeanne Byington Said:

    ASK,

    I’ve not stopped laughing

  4. Merry Mabbett Dean Said:

    Merry on Facebook: My daughter and son in law were building a house right down the street from us here in little Parowan UT and they found a Skelton which they thought were Fremont Indians as the body was folded. They had to stop the digging for the foundation until Utah archeologist dept had to come and check out the area for 5 days to get all the remains and other artifacts. Then they found a second set of bones a month or so later. Another delay. I guess they have found a high burial in another area a few years earlier. Area know for these Indians. We were not able to see anything they cordoned it off each time. Interesting they sift a great deal of dirt in the area but won’t say anything else they found.

  5. Jeanne Byington Said:

    Merry,

    Few can beat this experience! Is the family in the new house yet?

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