At an auction on September 29, hundreds of gold coins discovered in walls of an isolated French chateau brought more than one million euros ($1.2 million). When stonemasons were renovating a house in Quimper in western Brittany, they unearthed 239 gold coins made before the French Revolution. The family retained four coins as souvenirs and auctioned the rest. For an extraordinarily rare double Louis d'Or, bidding started at 8,000 euros.
A group of youngsters uncovered 1000-year-old gold coins during an archaeological excavation in Israel. The coins - 425 in all - were made of 24-carat gold. Reportedly, the coins were buried in a clay vessel, affixed with a nail for protection. "It was very exciting to find such a special and ancient treasure," said Oz Cohen, one of the youths who found the coins.