A hoard of gold coins smuggled to London by a Jewish man who fled Nazi Germany will be returned to his descendants, a coroner has ruled. Max Sulzbacher’s family buried the jar of “double eagle” gold dollars in the garden of their home in Hackney.But they were killed when a bomb hit their house during the Blitz, taking the details of where the coins were with them.The coins, now being sold, are expected to fetch £80,000 at auction. They were minted between 1854 and 1913, and will be available to bidders at Spink auctioneers in Bloomsbury, London. The coins were found wrapped in greaseproof paper by Terrence Castle of Stoke Newington, north-east London, in the summer of 2007 while he was digging a frog pond in the garden of the property with three other people.Mr Sulzbacher, 81, a retired chartered accountant who lives in Jerusalem, said that he would be using the proceeds of the sale to give the finders of the coins a reward and to restore his family’s gravestones at Enfield cemetery, north London.He said he was “surprised and delighted” by the find.Mr Sulzbacher’s father, Martin, smuggled the coins to England, having sold all of the family’s possessions in Germany.He was sent abroad to Canada at the outbreak of war, but when then the ill-fated Arandora Star he was on was torpedoed and sunk, he was sent to Australia.His wife and four children, including Max, were interned on the Isle of Man.His mother and father, brother Fritz, his sister and sister-in-law remained in London and buried the coins, before being killed by a German bomb.On his release, Martin Sulzbacher unsuccessfully had the garden searched. Some identical coins were found at the property in 1952 and he was able to claim them.It was that information that helped the British Museum, the coroner’s office and the Museum of London to trace Max Sulzbacher this time.