Toño Piñeiro was renovating his retirement home when he discovered some Nesquik cans hidden behind the walls, and they contained a small fortune that helped him pay for a new roof.
A man was overjoyed after finding around £47,000 hidden in Nesquik cans while renovating his future retirement home – but left disappointed after trying to collect the loot.
Builder Toño Piñeiro He was carrying out some construction work on a house he bought in Lugo, north-west Spain, when he made the surprising discovery.
He found six jars full of cash (worth around £47,500) hidden in the walls of the property.
But their joy was short-lived as the money was in Spanish pesetas, which ceased to be legal tender in 2002 when the euro, the monetary unit of the European UnionIt was adopted as the country’s currency.
In fact, when Piñeiro tried to exchange the money he found, he discovered that some of the bills were so old that he could no longer exchange them for euros.
The man was told he had missed the deadline because the Bank of Spain stopped accepting older banknotes, so most of the loot turned out to be worthless.
But Piñeiro still managed to pocket £30,000 after exchanging some more up-to-date currency from his haul, adding: “He paid for a new roof.
“I guess they kept these containers to avoid humidity. The last ones were a little damaged, but the rest weren’t, they were ironed, it was incredible.”
Toño explained that the house had been abandoned for four decades before the discovery, and the builder took possession of the property when he saw it listed on Facebook.
He added that he plans to keep some of the expired cash as a souvenir.
Cassidy Casale and Eton Merritt previously made headlines after revealing the strange items found while renovating their 150-year-old home.
The couple bought their house in March 2022 for £366,000 and immediately began gutting the property before discovering a 1970s Pepsi can and bones.
Now, as they continued the renovation, they came across more unique items, including old Polaroid photos from the year they were born.
“We liked the quirky features of the old house and knew we could work with its charm to make it great,” said Cassidy, a high-rise land developer.
“Old houses throw a lot of curveballs that you can’t plan for until you start knocking down walls and digging into them.”