October 28th, 2010 – On October 18th, 2010 the London Evening Standard informed about a peculiar hoard of gold coins. An east London garden produced a treasure of 80 golden “Double Eagles” dated from 1854 to 1913, minted mostly in San Francisco and Philadelphia.
At the beginning of the 20th century somebody had chosen the garden of a residential block in order to hide his fortune, and nearly half a century later two residents who decided to do gardening with a couple of friends have found it again. The Portable Antiquities Scheme was immediately informed.
Coroner Dr. Andrew Scott Reid declared that the original owner had until next spring to come forward. If he is not found, then the coins will be declared treasure. A commission will set a value. The Hackney Museum wants to acquire them. So the money paid will be split between the landowner and the finders.
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