The three Construction workers discovered a stash of 239 gold coins that were in a metal box embedded in a wall at a manor in northwestern France which could earn up to 300,000 euros ($356,490).
To their astonishment, the box opened to reveal a trove of centuries-old gold coins. The property had been purchased by a couple in 2012.
On a Friday in October 2019, Mion, who works in Paris, received a frantic call from his foreman. The property owner and his wife had recently decided to merge the three main buildings of their historic property, with no idea what the workers were to find within the walls. The foreman told him they had discovered a metal box with gold coins inside.
“I thought it was a joke. But no!” said François Mion, the 63-year-old property owner. “As children, we all dream of finding hidden treasure. It was quite emotional.”
Researchers have posited that the coins were part of a previous owner’s life savings. However, the last documented occupant of the house comes from the 18th century.