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'I Felt Like a Pirate in a Grotto': Gold Coins Found in Hoarder's Cottage Fetch L80,000

By Steven Morris
The Guardian, London
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

John Rolfe had no expectations of finding anything valuable when he arrived at a ramshackle two-up, two-down cottage tucked away in a remote West Country valley.

But as the auctioneer began to explore by the light of his mobile phone torch the glint of gold caught his eye. Rolfe began to turn out drawers and cupboards and found them full of valuable coins.

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"It was mind-blowing. I felt like a pirate in a grotto," he said. "There was a coin here, a coin there. If I opened a drawer there were more coins." There was even a coin among sugar cubes in a bowl.

The coins were removed from the cottage near Stroud in Gloucestershire. Most were commemorative and specimen coins in mint condition and sold for a total of L80,000 at Wotton Auction Rooms.

The precise location of the find and the identity of the hoarder, who died some months ago, is not being disclosed on the request of his family.

It is understood he is is a former City of London worker who retired to his remote, damp, rat-infested bolthole, where he lived alone.

He clearly had an eye for gold and kept the coins in excellent condition, most in their original plastic and with the receipts. ...

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