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Single gold coin from Hackney Hoard donated to Hackney Museum

PUBLISHED: 10:44 19 April 2011 | UPDATED: 11:20 19 April 2011

80 American gold dollars were found buried in a garden in Bethune Road, Stamford Hill

80 American gold dollars were found buried in a garden in Bethune Road, Stamford Hill

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A single gold coin from the 'Hackney Hoard' will go on show at Hackney Museum.

The $20 American ‘Double-Eagle’ is one of 80 dug up in a Stamford Hill back garden in July 2007.

The ‘unprecedented find’ was returned to the family of a Jewish refugee who fled Nazi Germany for Stamford Hill at the beginning of the Second World War.

The coroner for Inner North London yesterday (Monday) awarded the coins to Max Sulzbacher, whose father Martin Sulzbacher brought them to England.

Mr Sulzbacher was interned as an ‘enemy alien refugee’ and sent to Canada.

Remaining members of his family buried his savings in the garden of his house in Bethune Road, fearing German invasion. But they were killed soon after in the Blitz and he was unable to recover his wealth.

The latest cache, which could be worth up to £100,000, follows the discovery of another hoard of 82 $20 American gold coins on the same site in 1952, which were returned to Mr Sulzbacher.

His son Max Sulzbacher said: “I am surprised and delighted by the recent discovery, which has come to light almost 70 years after the coins were buried. I am very grateful to the finders for reporting the coins to the Portables Antiquities Scheme and the Museum of London, and to the members of the public who alerted the coroner to the 1950s discovery.”

He has donated one of the coins to Hackney Museum, in Reading Lane, and agreed to give a reward to the hoard’s four finders.

Cllr Jonathan McShane, Hackney Council cabinet member for community services, said: “This is an incredible story spanning over 70 years. Hackney has such a colourful history and this personal account gives an insight into how war affected families who had settled in the borough. Mr. Sulzbacher’s generous donation means the council can display it in Hackney Museum and keep the story alive for generations to come.”

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