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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1794, Sunday, August 15, 1830.

[Old Guineas, Mitre Court, Temple]

Monday afternoon, while a number of labourers, in the employment of Messrs. Wigzell and Son, the bricklayers, of Green-street, Theobald's road, and contractors for the new buildings now carrying on in Mitre-court, Temple, were employed in removing the foundation of the old buildings, two of them, natives of the sister kingdom, turned up with their pick-axes a considerable quantity of old guineas, which the fortunate couple pocketed as soon as possible, but which did not escape the notice of three of their countrymen, who were at work close by them. A fair division was claimed by the latter, to which the former demurred, although each of them had a few pieces given them by the two individuals who found the treasure, for the purpose of momentary quietness. But share and share alike was insisted upon by the three persons who were not so fortunate in picking up any of the gold, and high words ensued, which brought Mr. Gurney, the foreman of the works, to the spot, when a split among the five took place. Mr. Gurney had them all secured and searched, when 67 guineas and one half-guinea were found upon their different persons. This money, it is fair to presume, must have lain where it was found for many years, as the different pieces are in the reigns of Charles II., James II., William and Mary, Anne, George I., and George II. Mr. Gurney has now the gold in his custody, to be delivered to the Treasurer of the Benchers of the Temple.