Toño Piñeiro is a man from Sober, a municipality in rural Lugo, who lives in Valencia, but wants to retire in his homeland. For this reason he bought a house in an abandoned village and, when rehabilitating it, made an unexpected discovery: in different rooms of the building there were old jars full of pesetas. Altogether, according to publishes the newspaper El Progreso He has found nine million, which is about 54,000 euros, but he has only been able to change part of it because since last year the Bank of Spain no longer accepts the old currency.
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The new owner of the house explains that he bought it seven years ago, when it had been uninhabited for almost four decades. He has been working in the construction sector in Valencia for a long time, but his plan is to return to Sober when he retires. A native of the Millán parish, he found the house, in the nearby A Pousada nucleus, where no one else lives, by searching Facebook. The property belonged to a man called Manuel do Xentes, who worked in the ceramic and brick factory in the Canabal parish and was also a cattle dealer. Neighbors in the area told the Lugo newspaper that he was married, but he died without direct heirs. They tell the story that he once had to open a sulfadora to fix it and they found that it was full of bills and they returned them.
Piñeiro recounts his surprise at the findings, which he made during his transfers to renovate the house. The boats, from Nesquik, appeared two by two. The first four had time to exchange them for euros. But the latest discovery was made this summer. There are about four million pesetas in 5,000 bills from 1979. He doesn’t rule out that there are others undiscovered: “Every time I come I end up finding money. The same at Christmas, when we return from Valencia to continue with the work, more appear”.
The last two boats were found when he was throwing debris into the hold. There was a trough there that he wanted to separate to prevent it from being damaged and inside it he recognized the cocoa containers. “I guess they kept them in these containers to avoid humidity. It is true that the last ones were somewhat damaged, but the others were not, they were ironed, it was incredible, ”she says. The first findings, she adds, helped her to renovate the roof of the house.
Now Toño Piñeiro resigns himself to the impossibility of changing the last banknotes found into euros. He contacted the Bank of Spain, but the response was negative. “I’m not going to cry,” he says, although he admits that it makes him “angry” and that he wonders if they will be interested in the collector’s market. He explains that, although normally those who find money in these circumstances do not count it, he does so because he is aware that, if there is another jar full of pesetas in his house, it no longer has value.