Hoard of gold discovered in piano in Shropshire

Hoard of gold discovered in piano in Shropshire

A "substantial" hoard of gold has been found hidden inside an old piano.

The discovery was made in Shropshire before Christmas when its new owners had it retuned and repaired.

Experts think the valuables might have been "deliberately hidden" in the instrument more than 100 years ago.

An inquest opened at Shrewsbury Coroner's Court earlier to determine whether the find can be classed as treasure, or whether an heir to the cache can be traced.

Peter Reavill, of the British Museum's Portable Antiquities Scheme, described the find as "a stunning assemblage of material".


Investigations so far have revealed the upright piano, made by Broadwood & Sons of London, was sold in 1906 to a music shop in Saffron Walden, Essex.

Its history is then unknown until 1983, when records show it was purchased by a family in the area, who later moved to Shropshire.



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