17thCentury gold coins found in pub

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Builders working in an old pub in the Irish Republic have unearthed one of the most significant finds of gold coins ever recorded in the country. Eighty-one coins, mostly guineas and half guineas dating back to the 17th century, were dug up from clay underneath floorboards in the fire-damaged premises of Cooney’s pub in the town of Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary.

Marie McMahon, the curator at South Tipperary Museum in Clonmel where the coins were first stored said: “We were told that they were gold and you never really believe it, normally you would find silver, but they were in fantastic condition…

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