Jar filled with $20 Double Eagle gold coins expected to raise £80,000 for heirs of Jewish refugees Double Eagles discovered in the garden of a London home where they were buried in fear of a Nazi invasion are expected to sell for a total of around £80,000 in a London auction on November 29-20.
"From the proceeds of the auction we will give a sum to the finders and to the person who made the connection from the previous find. Then we will renovate the graves of our relatives who were killed in the Blitz. We will then have a service of dedication of the graves on the 71st anniversary of the tragedy. The balance will be split between myself and my three siblings."
In a statement at the time of the inquest, Dr Roger Bland, head of the Department of Portable Antiquities and Treasure at the British Museum, said: "The case of the Hackney gold coins is one of the most unique and compelling stories that we have been involved with. There is an incredibly human element to this story that is absent from many archaeological finds and we are pleased to see the coins reunited with their original owners after so many years. The finders are to be congratulated for acting responsibly and helping to add further vital information to the corpus of material about the Second World War, Jewish immigration, and the history of Hackney Borough."
The $20 gold coins, also known as Double Eagles, were the largest regular issue gold coins made by the United States. Each coin contains slightly less than one troy ounce of gold (.9675 oz.). The 80 coins in the find date from the 1850s to 1913 and are typical of pieces which would have been current up to, and to a lesser extent following, the First World War. They represent, in a very real sense, a 'time capsule'.
The coins will be offered during a two-day sale of Ancient, Islamic, British and World Coins, Historical Medals and a Banknotes. There will be a public exhibition on the three weekdays preceding the auction, and the hoard may also be viewed by appointment. For further information, please contact James Morton, telephone +44(0) 7493 5344, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.mortonandeden.com .