Trove of 239 Rare Gold Coins Discovered in Walls of French Mansion

September 10, 2021

Three construction workers were busy renovating a historic mansion in Brittany, France, when they came across an intriguing find: a metal box embedded in a wall.

The find occurred on a Friday in late October 2019, recalls the now-63-year-old François Mion, who owns the mansion with his wife. The couple had recently decided to renovate the historic structure to combine three main buildings on the property. Mion was at work in Paris when he received an excited call from his foreman, he tells Yoann Etienne of local television channel France 3.

“I thought it was a joke,” Mion tells Le Télégramme’s Gwendoline Kervella, per Google Translate. “But, no!”