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A Hungarian piggy bank
« on: April 16, 2019, 03:29:41 PM »
The two gold coins and the silver coins are Hungarian. The closing date is apparently 1527. More photos in the original article. I am amused by how the journalists marvel that anyone actually went by the law and will get rewarded for it. To me, it sounds like a law with the right incentives: give the archeologists what they want and you get a reward for what you found.


Boars dug out a treasure of coins from the turn of 15th and 16th century
The finders called the preservationists and are eligible to the 100 percent finder's fee.

12. Apr 2019 |Compiled by Spectator staff

Archaeologists have been researching interesting findings in the Liptov region. A married couple during a hike to the Choč mountain near Likavka made a great discovery of silver and two golden coins from the turn of 15th and 16th century, My Liptov wrote.

The husband saw the coins in terrain that was dug out by boars. They did not touch it, but immediately contacted archaeologists. They waited for three hours at the spot.

Shallow hole
Archaeologists and preservationists are used to people who come to their offices and literally pour the coins on the table. The discovery near Likavka is unique and precious because experts have the opportunity to observe it at the spot of the finding. Coins were collected from an area of about two square metres.

In the shallow hole, there was the broken clay bottom of a jug with coins that were, thanks to corrosion, attached to the remains of the fabric on the inner side of the jug. Nearby, there was a metal pot-lid.

The treasure was covered by a fine layer of soil. We can assume that the person who covered the coins was in hurry. The treasure was located near to an historical trade road.

The most beautiful he had ever seen
Martin Furman from Regional Monuments Board Žilina who was also in the team of experts who worked on the spot talked about the treasure as of the most beautiful archaeological discovery in his professional life.

We can only guess who and why hid the coins into the ground. Neither the archaeologists have a clear answer.

“There could be several reasons. It is the treasure hidden either in 1527 or shortly after this year, or it at least looks like that by now. It is probably linked to turbulent year of civil war between Ferdinand of Habsburg and John Zápolya who were fighting to gain the Hungarian throne,” Furman explained, as quoted by My Liptov.

Furman also pointed out that labourer earned between 6 and 10 silver coins per day in 16th century. “It is literary a fortune. Ordinary person could only hardly gain a golden coin.”

To be exhibited in the museum
The public will have also the possibility to see the treasure from Likavka. However, people should be patient as there are many steps to be taken before it finally get into the Museum of Liptov in Ružomberok.

Historical value of the treasure is unquantifiable, the economic price wil l be given by experts. The married couple will get a reward, as the law said. Monument Board should approve it and in this case, they can look forward to the full finding value.

“If a finder act in accordance with monuments law and let the finding at the spot and call the representatives of the monuments board who will pick up the finding using the methods of archaeological research, he or she has a right to finder’s reward of 100 percent of the finding given by an expert,” explained Furman, as quoted by My Liptov.

In this case, all the requirements were fulfilled. “During my 13-year-long practice in Žilina, I haven’t experienced anything like that.”

Furman dedicates his time of archaeologists also to numismatics. When he received the call, he was in upper Orava region and it took three hours to get to the spot on Saturday. His colleague Barbora Danielová from Orava Museum also helped when she left everything what she was doing, picked up the needed tools and went to the spot to document the treasure.

Source: Spectator (Slovakia)
Photo source: Peter Ledaj (hoard) and Martin Furman (silver)
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Re: A Hungarian piggy bank
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2019, 01:30:59 AM »
Stuff that dreams are made of!  :)
Have a look at  my tokens and my banknotes.

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Re: A Hungarian piggy bank
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2019, 02:44:33 AM »
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Re: A Hungarian piggy bank
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2019, 06:43:14 PM »
A good example of how decent, fair legislation gets people to work with archeologists, rather than try to evade the authorities and melt the treasure or smuggle it out of the country. How long will archeology lobbyists deny reality? How many treasures will have been destroyed as a consequence of their shortsighted positions?

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.