UK authorities seek owner of gold coins stashed in piano
LONDON: Officials are trying to trace the owner of a trove of gold coins worth a “life-changing” amount of money found stashed inside a piano.
A coroner on Thursday urged anyone with information to come forward. When the piano’s owners took it to be tuned last year in Shropshire, central England, it was found to contain gold sovereigns minted between the mid-19th and early 20th centuries.
Investigators have determined that the piano was built in London in 1906 and sold to a pair of piano teachers in Saffron Walden, eastern England. They are seeking information on its ownership before 1983.
Anyone wanting to make a claim has until April 20.
If the gold’s owner or heirs cannot be traced, it will be declared treasure, and the piano’s current owners will reap the reward.
Peter Reavill, who assesses finds for the British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme, said “it’s a hoard of objects which is potentially life-changing for somebody to receive.” AP
The gold coins found inside a piano in Shropshire, England, on Thursday.