Luck or failure. Treasures?
For many years, a relic hunter armed with a metal detector wandered in forest near Ellwangen (Baden-Württemberg) in search of WWII relics. One one of these seemingly endless days, he got a unique signal, started digging, and felt a blow about some kind of solid object. It was a clay pot stuffed to the gills with silver coins. What treasures!
After several months of hiding the find, the finally informed the authorities…what he forgot to think about was the fact that searching for cultural monuments in Baden-Württemberg is prohibited by law. As a result, he was ordered to pay a fine of € 1,600, and the treasure was taken away for historical analysis, which follows here:
This hidden cache of silver consisted of 9,200 silver coins, weighing 5.8. Many of the coins were minted in the city of Schwäbisch Hall, some coins from Würzburg, Augsburg, Constance and some even from France. The oldest of them dates back to 1280, the oldest dating back to 1350. A silver ring was hidden with the coins, as well. The estimated value of the entire treasure is half a million euros. According to local historians, a rich merchant or nobleman must have hidden the coins in the forest, fearing that someone might rob him.