Frenchman Finds Trove of Gold in His House
A Frenchman who inherited a house in Normandy from a dead relative has stumbled upon 220 lbs of Gold coins and bars hidden away in places throughout his new home, which are worth about $3.7-M.
“There were 5,000 gold pieces, 2 bars of 12 kilos and 37 ingots of 1 kilo,” Nicolas Fierfort, a local auctioneer, said.
Mr. Fierfort said he had visited the house in Evreux, Normandy, to value furniture the new owner was selling, adding that he never noticed the Gold because it was “extremely well hidden”.
An estimated 220 lbs of the precious Yellow metal was located all around the home.
The unnamed lucky individual made the incredible discovery when he moving things around.
1st, he found a metal box of coins screwed to the underside of some furniture. Then came more, carefully hidden in a box meant for a bottle of whisky, then the man then unearthed a pile of Gold bars.
“At that point he called his solicitor to make an inventory,” Mr. Fierfort said.
According to certificates found in the deceased’s estate, the precious metals were legally purchased in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
The local newspaper La Depeche, which 1st reported the story, said not all is good news for the lucky finder. He will be liable for 45% inheritance tax and, if the original owner did not declare his or her assets, a further 3 years of back taxes.
This is not the 1st time hidden Gold has been found in a property in this area of Normandy.
In Y 2011, 3 builders struck Gold, finding almost a million euros’ worth of ingots and coins buried in the back garden of a house where they had been working on an extension.
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