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Research and reference => Numismatics => Topic started by: chrisild on September 07, 2013, 07:19:04 PM

Title: Trier: Museum shows Gold Hoard Find
Post by: chrisild on September 07, 2013, 07:19:04 PM
Twenty years ago, on 9 September 1993, a treasure was found in downtown Trier (Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany): More than 2,600 ancient Roman gold coins were unearthed at a construction site in the - once Roman - inner city. Now all coins can be seen in an exhibition at the Rheinisches Landesmuseum.

It was amateur archeologists who found the treasure - gold coins from the time roughly between 50 and 200 AD. They depict about 40 Roman emperors and family members, and have a total weight of 18.5 kilograms. Many of them have been part of the museum's permanent exhibition, others had to be researched, and now they are finally reunited so to say.

This was not a "private" treasure though that somebody had hidden. Trier was an important city in the Roman Empire. (For a while, late third/early fourth century, it was even an imperial residence and the biggest Roman city north of the Alps.) And the hoard was probably some kind of safe used by Roman administration officials. Its value was about the annual salary of 200 legionaries.

The exhibition just opened, and can be visited until late April (6 Sep 2013 - 27 Apr 2014). Some brief info in English is here ...
http://www.landesmuseum-trier.de/en/home/sonderausstellung/goldene-zeiten.html
... with a link to the exhibition folder (PDF, German). The attached photo is from the museum's site.

Christian
Title: Re: Trier: Museum shows Gold Hoard Find
Post by: chrisild on May 04, 2021, 04:49:56 PM
In October 2019 some burglars tried to crack the security glass cube around the Gold Hoard that is shown at the museum. Fortunately they were not successful, no losses or other effects except for a broken window and door, and some damage to the cube. However, they were able to get out.

Last year however a 28 year old Dutch was detained, based on a European arrest warrant, in the Netherlands. DNA traces were found on a bag that the burglars left in the museum, and apparently this man was a match. The press release issued by the prosecutor's office (https://statr.justiz.rlp.de/de/startseite/detail/news/News/detail/einbruch-in-das-rheinische-landesmuseum-trier-am-08102019/) today does not say how he was "found", and it is still unknown who the other people involved were. But the DA will now press charges against him, and the car will go to court ...

Christian
Title: Re: Trier: Museum shows Gold Hoard Find
Post by: THCoins on May 04, 2021, 09:46:40 PM
I could have been tempted, but i insure you it wasn't me ! Once Covid restraints are released, this would be a nice destination for a day visit from the Netherlands though.
Title: Re: Trier: Museum shows Gold Hoard Find
Post by: chrisild on May 04, 2021, 11:16:47 PM
Good news. ;D  As for visiting Trier, in case you would like to see the Gold Hoard, lean back and relax. The museum is open, I think – but the coin cabinet, including those pieces, will not re-open until late 2021/early 2022.

The link in the initial post takes you elsewhere these days, by the way. This one (http://www.landesmuseum-trier.de/en/home/sonderausstellung/rueckblick-ehemalige-sonderausstellungen/-goldene-zeiten.html) works though.

Christian
Title: Re: Trier: Museum shows Gold Hoard Find
Post by: mrbrklyn on May 06, 2021, 05:08:59 AM
but who wants to go there when you can go to the Rijksmuseum
Title: Re: Trier: Museum shows Gold Hoard Find
Post by: Figleaf on May 06, 2021, 08:49:04 AM
Unfortunately, there are no coins on view in the Rijksmuseum. The museum has a modest collection (it has many more medals), but they are not shown, even now that the money museum is shuttered. The best numismatic destination in the Netherlands for tourists is Teylers museum. By contrast, Germany has several coin exhibitions (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,198.0.html).

Peter
Title: Re: Trier: Museum shows Gold Hoard Find
Post by: chrisild on May 06, 2021, 11:52:21 PM
Makes about as much sense as "who wants coffee when you can have tea" or vice versa ... ;D

CoinsWeekly (aka MünzenWoche in English) now has an article (https://coinsweekly.com/not-all-break-ins-at-german-museums-are-successful/) about the latest developments.

Christian