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Hoard of $20s Sells
By Numismatic News
June 13, 2013

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A total of $945,000 was realized from the sale of a hoard of 497 U.S. gold $20 coins found in a ceiling of a vineyard building in France in February.

The gold coins were sold June 3 by Bonhams in Los Angeles as the Champagne Lanson Bonnet Vineyard Collection of $20 gold coins.

Each of the coins was authenticated and graded by the Professional Coin Grading Service’s Paris office.

The majority of coins graded MS-63 or higher and three 1924 Saint-Gaudens pieces were certified MS-66. The three MS-66 coins sold for $2,925 each, including the 17 percent buyer’s premium An MS-61 1861 Liberty Head $20 sold for $8,191.

An MS-62 1892-S sold for $2,574.

The coins were found when a worker was pelted by coins while remodeling a former grape-drying facility in Les Riceys, France.

The coins were dated 1851-1928.

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(Image courtesy Lanson-BCC Group.)

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