Hidden gold coins uncovered in Irish pub

Builders working on a fire-damaged pub in Carrick-on-Suir in the Republic of Ireland have made an incredible discovery of eighty-one gold coins – recognised as one of the most important gold coin finds ever recorded in the country.

The eighty-one coins are mostly made up of 17th century guineas and half guineas, from the reigns of Charles II, James II and William and Mary.

Guineas were the first machine struck English gold coins and were struck between 1663 and 1814, with the name guinea coming from the area of West Africa where much of the gold used in the coins originated from.

Discovered buried in clay underneath the pub’s floorboards, the curator of South Tipperary Museum in Clonmel, Marie McMahon, said: “There are one or two coins buckled and one tarnished, but overall fantastic condition.  They’d be incredibly valuable but legally we would not be allowed to discuss that.”

The find is considered so important that the gold coins are now on display at the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin.  The reason why they were originally buried centuries ago may forever remain a mystery, but it does clearly demonstrate the enduring value of gold, as is still very much the case today.

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