My lovely hosts in Castillonness purchased the coach house across the street from their residence. A few years ago, as they were moving the location of a door along the wall, Ron stuck his hand in the stone wall and thought he was pulling out a dead rat. Since they had been clearing pigeon droppings and everything else out of it's uninhabitable condition, it was a complete surprise to find a silk coin purse full of 45 mint condition gold Spanish coins.
While I was staying with them, I had the pleasure of witnessing a local Museum visit and create molds of the coins for their display. In a few hours, only half of the coin molds were completed. The meticulous and fast-drying silicone process was incredible to watch! I captured the process to share :)
While the kind of coin is common to find, the brand new condition and quantity of coins is extremely rare. It's a mystery what the purse was doing in the wall. The value of the coins was substantial to a life savings, dowry, or large ransom. We will never know who left the coins, if they intended to come back for them, or what the events were leading up to them being stashed away.