It is a real treasure, made up of 239 gold coins, minted during the reigns of Louis XIII and Louis XIV, which were discovered during work in a manor house in Finistère, we learned Thursday from the house Ivoire Angers which will auction them at the end of September. The discovery of these royal coins dates back to 2019, but has only just been revealed.
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A couple decided to restore the mansion they acquired in 2012 in Plozévet, west of Quimper, in the heart of Bigouden country, the auction house said in a press release. He decides to combine the three buildings of the property into one and entrusts the work to stonemasons. Three craftsmen then discover, inside a wall, a metal box filled with gold coins.
“The box was embedded in the wall, wedged between the stones”, remembers to AFP François Mion, 63, the owner with his wife of the manor. A few days later, “they found above a beam what must have been a purse with a second batch of coins”, he continues.
In total, 239 gold coins, including Louis d’or and double Louis d’or, some very rare, were discovered. Among those, “a double Louis d’or with a long lock of 1646”, a piece estimated at 15,000 euros. “It’s very rare, there are hardly any on the market”, note, interviewed by AFP, Florian D’Oysonville, auctioneer at Ivoire Angers, about this piece illustrating Louis XIV in profile with a wick falling to the bottom of his neck.
This treasure “is considered as the fruit of savings, no doubt from a wealthy merchant or a farmer”, explains the expert who will put the pieces on sale on September 29. The proceeds from the sale, estimated at between 250,000 and 300,000 euros, will be split in half, half for the three craftsmen who discovered the treasure, half for the owners, according to the law in force until July 2016. Since then, according to a new law, the archaeological heritage belongs 100% to the State. But, in this case, it is the date of purchase of the manor, in 2012, which is authentic and not the date of the discovery.