Employees have an unexpected discovery as the demolition of an abandoned house in France — 600 gold coins.
A paramilitary police officer said that the workers discovered the coins in the cellar after the rattle of a mysterious, shell-shaped container.
They were Belgian, dated 1870, and bore the face of the then reigning king of Belgium, Leopold II.
The gendarmerie said the treasure found in Brittany, a region in the northwest of France, has, since its under lock and key, until they discover more information about the origin.
Local media reports the estimates could be worth 100,000 euros ($117,861).
It is not the first time that French workers stumbled upon exactly 600 gold coins.
Back in 2014, three men find a secret loot in Normandy, a value of nearly one million euros ($1.17 million). According to the regional daily Paris Normandie, the jars contained six gold bars weighing one kilogram each, and 600 gold coins, dating from 1924 and 1927.
In this case, for them it was the “finders keepers” — but the law caught up with them.
They were charged on charges of theft after tax officials noticed one of the men depositing high-value cheques.
Another gold discovery was made also in 2014, the German archaeologists have recovered a find of over a million euros worth of Roman gold and silver jewellery from an amateur treasure hunter who dug up illegally in a forest.
German media reported that the treasure hunter initially kept his discovery secret and was believed to have sold part of it on the black market, but it was seized by the authorities when it came to their attention.
This story was previously published in the news.com.au.