Images of gold coin hoard discovered in Germany released by museum

217 gold coins buried in 1940s worth $48,948 U.S.
By , Coin World
Published : 07/20/15
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Images of the recovery of a gold coin hoard in Germany have now been released by the Lüneburg Museum.

Amateur archaeologist Florian Bautsch found 10 coins beneath and near a tree last October before alerting local archaeologists, who excavated the remaining 207 coins. The hoard had originally been deposited in the ground in two sacks. The only record of the sacks were the aluminum seals, which did not decompose. 

The hoard was located by a tree that was no more than 50 years old, adjacent to a different tree likely toppled by wind damage some short time after the hoard was buried, according to an English translation of a press release from the museum. 

Images provided show the recovery efforts and some of the coins up close. 

RELATED: Check out the earlier story about the hoard and its full contents

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