A woman discovered the brass coins she found in a drawer were really a collection of 22 carat gold sovereigns.
On a recent valuation day at Daventry Museum, J P Humbert Auctioneers were examining a small amount of jewellery and some coins for an elderly woman.
The jewellery was only worth a few hundred pounds, and the woman was happy to consign these items to auction.
According to valuer Rupert Pink, as she was about to leave the woman got out a bag which she said contain some old brass coins she had found in the drawer.
When she tipped the coins onto the table it turned out that they were not in fact brass, but rather 22 carat gold.
Each coin was a full British gold sovereign and she had over 30 of them.
Mr Pink said: “When I told the lady what the coins were, she really couldn’t believe it and said that they felt like a gift from her late husband, from beyond the grave.
“Apparently she never knew of the coins’ existence until she was clearing out the chest of drawers prior to moving into a residential home for the elderly. Her late husband must have put them there some years ago.”
Each coin having been valued at around £200 each, the elderly woman also entered these for auction where they made more than £6,000 in total.
J P Humbert Auctioneers return Daventry Museum for their next valuation day on Wednesday, August 3, from 2pm to 4pm.
The auctioneers are specifically taking entries for their forthcoming August gold, silver and jewellery sale.
Mr Pink said:” With post-Brexit gold prices jumping, it’s a great time to sell gold sovereigns, Krugerrands, gold collectors’ coins, gold jewellery and anything similar.
“If anyone wants to sell, we can organise to take the items away and place them in our international auction.”
Valuations are free with donations to Hannah Payne Riding for the Disabled.