Regional daily Paris Normandie reported on Monday that the three men were levelling the ground around a house prior to building an extension when they found the stash hidden in glass jars.
The booty, which prosecutors believe had laid buried and forgotten since the Second World War, included sixteen gold bars weighing a kilogramme each, and some 600 gold $20 coins dating from between 1924 and 1927, each weighing 33 grammes.Aesop (the first European economist) told us that avidity overreaches itself;
According to Normandy prosecutors, they spirited the bars and coins away from the property and started selling the booty to a local coin dealer after “a period of reflection”.
But one of them slipped up when he paid a massive 270,000 euro cheque into his bank account, a transaction that was picked up by France’s tax authorities who investigated immediately.
According to the report, police confiscated a Land Rover, a Citroen DS3, a Peugeot 3008 and a Suzuki GSR motorbike, along with hundreds of thousands of euros.We'd be interested in knowing how $20 gold coins--presumably Americain--came to be buried in France.