Soviet construction workers in the Black Sea resort of Sochi unearthed a hoard of 19th- and 20th-Century British gold coins, Tass said Wednesday.
“A construction team carrying out earth-moving work in this resort city on the Black Sea discovered a treasure trove of gold coins bearing the images of King Edward VII, Queen Victoria and King George V,” the official news agency said.
It said Soviet experts determined that the coins were made of extremely fine gold. It did not say how many coins were discovered or what they were worth.
“It is believed that the sovereigns got here as a result of commercial transactions between a local trader and a British merchant who vacationed on the Black Sea coast in pre-revolutionary Russia,” it said.