Tourist Finds Ancient Silver Coins Under Uprooted Tree

A tourist has found a hoard of silver medieval coins under an uprooted tree.

The surprise find took place close to the western Slovak town of Piestany earlier this month.

The unnamed man reported his finding to the Regional Monuments Board in the regional capital of Trnava.

Detectorists from the organisation found 147 silver coins at the site. Most of the coins were Wiener pfennigs, but some were Hungarian imitations.

Credit: The Regional Monuments Board Trnava, P. Grznar/Newsflash
Tourist found silver coins from the 13th and 14th centuries under an uprooted tree near Plestany

According to the organisation, the coins date to between 1251 and 1330. They display various motifs, such as animals, mythical creatures, Christian symbols, and others.

The silver coins, which are 15 to 16 mm (0.5 to 0.6 inches) in diameter, went out of circulation in the mid-14th century.

The board believes the hoard was hidden on purpose to protect it from robbers. According to the organisation, the owners may have died before they had a chance to unearth their money.

Of the 147 coins, some of which are just fragments, the tourist found 25 and he has asked for a finder’s fee. An expert is currently assessing how much the discovery is worth.

To find out more about the author, editor or agency that supplied this story – please click below.
Story By: William McGeeSub-EditorMarija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash

The Ananova page is created by and dedicated to professional, independent freelance journalists. It is a place for us to showcase our work. When our news is sold to our media partners, we will include the link here.


We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Signup to our Newsletter