Workers hired by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan have found at least two tonnes of old Philippine coins hidden beneath the floors of Epiphany of Our Lord Parish Church.
The discovery was supposed to be kept secret from public, but was revealed when one of the workers got drunk and told his friends during a drinking session three days after the coins were unearthed.
The coins were kept in three separate wooden chests and mostly dated from 1902 to 1937, with several American silver dimes.
The cache was believed to be kept before the Japanese entered the country on 1942 but was forgotten.
Since most of the coins were silver and gold plated, the National Historical Commission estimated that the cache is worth more than P67 million in today’s cash if sold by metal price.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan is the home of Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines head Socrates Villegas.
CBCP has not yed issued public announcement about the finds and still negotiating with NHC on what to do with the coins.
The coins were believed to be collected from church donations and offerings. /Gemma Fajanustan/
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