In 2007, Terrence Castle was digging a pond in his garden in London when he found a buried glass jar. It contained 80 US Double Eagle coins dating back to 1854 with an estimated value of $99,000.
Castle reported the find to the British Museum. Following an inquest, the coins were linked to a man named Max Sulzbacher, who lived in Israel. It turned out the coins had belonged to his ancestors, the Sulzbachers. They were a Jewish family who had fled to England in 1938 and settled in London.
In 1940, Max’s father Martin was sent to Australia after being declared an “enemy alien”. So, before leaving he deposited the gold coins in the bank. When the Blitz began, the family feared that their wealth and possessions might be raided by the Nazis. Martin’s brother withdrew the coins from the bank and hid them in the garden, without telling his brother.
On his return to London in 1942, Martin found that his relatives had been killed by a bomb. As a result, he had no idea where the gold coins were hidden. He hired a metal detectorist who managed to find one jar of coins in 1952. However, it wasn’t until 55 years later that the second jar was finally found.