UK au­thor­i­ties seek owner of gold coins stashed in pi­ano

New Straits Times - - World -

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

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The gold coins found in­side a pi­ano in Shrop­shire, Eng­land, on Thurs­day.

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