News Treasure Hunter stumbles across €45,000 in Nazi Gold, Bank keeps most gives him finders fee

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    The dream of every treasure-hunter came true for Florian Bautsch last October when he found 217 Nazi-era gold coins in Lüneburg, the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) reported on Tuesday. Bausch – a certified metal detectorist – was exploring old burial mounds in the town south of Hamburg when he stumbled across the first gold piece. After a further search under the foliage uncovered nine more coins, Bautsch did a survey of the area and got in touch with local archaeologists. A two-week long excavation followed, unearthing a further 207 gold coins – with a material worth estimated at around €45,000

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    Archaeologists also found remnants of pasteboard with two seals bearing the swastika, imperial eagle and the stamp: "Reichsbank Berlin 244". The find was exhibited in Lüneburg Museum on Tuesday – and caused considerable excitement among experts, according to Lüneburg archaeologist Edgar Ring. Despite the value of the coins coming to €45,000, Bautsch is only set to receive the relatively small sum of €2,500 as his finder's reward – but explained his honesty by saying that the most important thing for him was furthering scientific knowledge.

    Although similar finds have been made in the past, almost all have lacked archaeological context, with illegal metal detectorists often destroying crucial clues as to the coins' origin. The fact this find was made by someone so well-informed was a stroke of luck, Lower Saxony state archaeologist Henning Haßmann told the SZ.

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    Of the coins, 128 bore Belgian stamps, while 74 originated in France and 12 from Italy. The final three bore Austro-Hungarian stamps. All have a diameter of 21mm and weigh 6.45 grams, with an overall weight of 1.4kg, and most were minted between 1850 and 1910 – with the oldest dating back to 1831. Chemical analysis of the pasteboard remains and seals showed that the coins were likely packaged up sometime between 1940 and 1950.

    Ring said that he was certain the gold had belonged to the Nazi-era Reichsbank (central bank) and was a collection of stolen coins. According to Haßmann, the coins would have been produced as limited editions, to be used as investment pieces for banks and private investors.

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    Guy is a jerkoff for telling anyone. Just like those people who found the gold coins in a coffee can on their property in California.
     
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    How nice of the bank to reward this guy's honesty (sarcasm off). And why the hell are metal detectors illegal? Nanny-state assholes. And to think, we've got morons pushing for more nanny-state rules in the U.S. Obviously, we need an all-powerful central government to protect us from ourselves.
     
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    There are probably so many war relics and what not strewn across Europe from the past couple thousand years that they don't want people scumming everything. Just like you can't go digging up the middle east and keeping what you find.
     
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    That said, I do enjoy collecting Nazi-era money from Germany and the occupied territories. I may have to post a pic of some of what I've got.
     
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    And only a few elite are entitled to it when found.
     
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    I wonder if that rule is continent-wide? Don't the French continue to farm lands where the WWI trenches once were? Hell, from the sky, you can still see where they were. I just don't like an all-knowing group of politicians and bureaucrats telling me that my preferred habits are verboten.
     
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    Don't worry. The person who actually FOUND the priceless relics will get a nice little reward and pat on the head for being a good subject.
     
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    Yeah but banks don't usually screw you ruthlessly at every possible opportunity.
     
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    What's the story behind the Hoover avi, DF?
     
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    That's why you give a little to the archaeologists to not say anything.
     
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