More than 100 silver coins, also some stuck together coins and a Kiev Rus Christian cross dated late 15th – early 16th centuries. A fantastic find everyone dreams of!!!
The treasures were found in Zhytomyr region, and judging from the photo report, that day the guys scanned more than one field.
They were assisted by Mars Goliath coil which is designed for work at large open areas.
All the found coins are so-called “Prague groschen”, it is worth noting that many of them had counterstamps.
Firstly, counterstamped coins are more expensive, and secondly, they allow to identify more presizely the period when the treasure was hidden. Such coins appeared as a result of the currency reform of Czech King Wenceslas II which stated that silver from rich silver mines could leave the state borders only in the form of coins. On the reverse side of the coins there was a circumscription «GROSSI PRAGENSES» owing to which the coins got their name. «GROSSI PRAGENSES» were minted diring the period of 1300 to 1547, and the only changes were the monarchs’ names, some small details as well as their weight and silver content :( – Actually that was the reason why countermarks appeared. For example, the weight of the first pennies minted from 1300 to 1305 was 3,77-3,86g (hallmark 930), from 1311 to 1327 the weight was 3,64-3,76g (hallmark 907-918)… But from 1370 to 1378 the coins’ weight dropped down to 2,94g (hallmark 763). The weight of «GROSSI PRAGENSES» minted under the rule of Wenceslas IV from 1407 to 1419 was already only 2,7g and silver hallmark was 610. Therefore old high-quality coins were later countermarked in order to distinguish them, especially in those cities and towns that did not mint their own coins. Countermarks were not prohibiting or authorizing marks, but they verified that the coins were tested. They were used in the central European countries, namely the German states, Austria, Hungary, Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Also Prague pennies were widespread in the states that were formed on the territory of the ancient Russian state (Kievan Rus). So that was like a sort of a “dollar” of XIV – XV centuries :) One Prague penny in those days was enough to buy a cow. I do not know how much a cow costs today… but that’s how much one penny in Ukrainian hryvnias could cost:
This is for the moment 119 and 131 USD!
So read the report at Violity forum, be inspired and find your own treasure! The one who seeks will always find!