Real-life pot o’ gold discovered, dating back to the 15th century
Well, that was luck. A real-life pot of gold, which dates from the 15th century, was discovered in the Netherlands. A couple of utility workers stumbled upon the shiny discovery located in an earthenware cooking pot.
Just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day – two construction workers in the Netherlands have discovered that there is a real-life “pot o’ gold.”
The employees of the water company Oasen made the stunning find when they for the laying of pipes in the new city of Don and the Hague in the province of Utrecht, LiveScience reports.
During construction, they unearthed a medieval cooking pot that is 12 gold and 462 silver coins. The coins are dated in the 15th century. It is unclear at this point which will hold the coins.
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After finding the pot “it is literally and figuratively rained coins, the company explained in a press release translated via Google Translate. The coins, which were glued together, had turned green. When the utility workers called in their boss, he reported the discovery to the archaeology hotline for Landscape Heritage Utrecht (Landscape Heritage Utrecht).
The pot of gold and silver coins was found during construction work in the Dutch province of Utrecht (Oases)
RTV Utrecht reports that experts immediately visited the site and used a metal detector to recover all of the coins.
Some of the coins were found with the textiles, which had apparently been used as a sort of protective role.
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The coins were transferred to the Omgevingsdienst Utrecht region (the Regional Environment Agency, Utrecht) for analysis by archaeologist Peter de Boer, according to RTV Utrecht. Most of the coins date from the 1470s and 1480s. Remarkable artifacts under the pots feature a rare “Salut d’or” gold coin of King Henry VI of England and France, which was struck in Paris in the beginning of the 15th century.
The treasure of coins was found by construction workers laying a pipe (Oases)
Coin of David of Burgundy, a 15th-century bishop of Utrecht, and Pope john Paul II, were also found.
Details of the discovery, which was made in August 2017, was unveiled in a press event in the municipality of Vianen, the netherlands earlier this month.
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In a statement, Oasis said that a number of the coins to be cleaned during the next few weeks. They will then be analysed by experts at The Nederlandsche Bank, Holland’s central bank.
Coins offer a fascinating glimpse into the history and can shed new light on the economic, cultural and political life of the previous eras. Last year, for example, archaeologists in the united kingdom announced the discovery of a rare Roman coin that was discovered on a remote Scottish island, 200 km above the northern edge of the Roman Empire. In 2016, archaeologists were shocked to discover Roman coins in the ruins of a Japanese castle, where speculation that the coins were sent to Japan via the trade routes linking the West to Asia.
In 2013, hundreds of ancient coins were discovered in a Byzantine refuse pit in Israel.
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