Fairytale treasures are not only found in books. And sometimes you can find them almost by chance and in the most unexpected places. The five most famous and impressive treasures are presented in this article.
The Treasure of the Naryshkins (Russia, 2012)
The discovery was made accidentally during restoration works on the princely estate. One of the workers, having damaged an apparently solid wall, found himself in a secret room filled with sacks and boxes.
After experts made the inventory of the findings, the list has appeared more than impressive - the whole 2168 items. The treasury of the Naryshkins is the most extensive and valuable find of all treasures found in Russia
The tea sets attracted the attention of historians. It turned out that there were almost five sets in total, including the ceremonial tea set made by the renowned Sazikov company at that time. In total, there are more than two hundred different items.
Among others, works of noble masters such as Ovchinnikov, Khlebnikov and the jewelry workshop of the Grachev brothers were found. The works of Keibel and Fabergé were not overlooked either. There were also products of European manufacturers. Many pieces of jewelry were packed in boxes at that time, which are also of great value.
Scientists have concluded that the Naryshkins had "secured" their wealth at the beginning of the revolution in Russia to protect the family's valuables from looting.
The Staffordshire Treasure (England, 2009)
This time it was 55-year-old Terry Herbert, a casual hiker with a metal detector, who got lucky. His find has become a sensation. Local media even compared it to the discovery of Tutankhamun's lost treasure.
The site of the find turned out to be incredibly rich. Several thousand pieces of silver and gold jewelry were found there. According to an expert evaluation, the value of the found treasure was estimated at 3.285 million pounds.
The treasure was probably hidden between 650-675 AD and contains artifacts that were probably made in the 6th and early 7th centuries. The items found were one of the most important finds in the history of Anglo-Saxon archaeology. Almost all the artifacts belong to military utensils and do not contain items intended for women. The workmanship is of very high quality.
According to local laws, the total value of the treasure should be divided between the owner of the land, Fred Johnson, where the treasure was found, and the lucky finder. However, this issue led to a real conflict, as the finder accused the landowner of using theto want to keep all the money for themselves.
State coin collection of a public library (Germany, 2011).
This time the place of action was the public library of a small town in Bavaria, Passau. The circumstances of the discovery of the treasure seemed to be completely unbelievable. It was found among the books during a normal cleaning operation.
The woman noticed an inconspicuous box, and when she opened it, she discovered a real treasure. The value of the coin collection found was estimated at several million euros.
The library concluded that the collection of 172 well-preserved coins, most of them silver, probably belonged to the Bishop Dukes of Passau. It seems that they were hidden around 1803, when this church property was transferred to the state. Perhaps the owners did not want to leave the property in the hands of tax inspectors.
Treasures of the Island of Jersey - 700 kg of coins (UK, 2012).
The largest treasure in Europe was "heard" by a non-professional treasure hunter on the island of Jersey. After counting and weighing the coins found, the total weight was 700 kg and the record number of 69,347 pieces.
Experts who examined the coins dated the find to the 1950s BC. The treasure had been in the ground for more than two millennia.
Historically, the coins are believed to have been in circulation among the Coriolites (ancient Celtic tribes) who lived in what is now Brittany. According to historians, it is likely that the money was hidden by the Celts shortly before the invasion of Julius Caesar's legions.
Originally, it was impossible to count the total number of coins because the clay and metal had practically infiltrated each other over the centuries. The treasure was a single ingot.
Numismatists estimate the value of such a coin at about 200 pounds. The value of the find was estimated at 10 million pounds.
The treasures of Sri Padmanabhaswam temple (India, 2011).
The largest treasure in the world was found in Sri Padmanabhaswam Temple. Its value is estimated at more than $22 billion.
For many centuries, offerings and gifts were brought to the temple and stored in storerooms. Some of them were opened regularly, and the items stored there were used in festivals and ceremonies. However, some rooms remained locked until recently.
Ten years ago, the first of these vaults was opened, and silver and gold coins, precious stones and jewelry were found inside. Their value was estimated at many billions of dollars.
The question of how to distribute what was found is still open. But three other vaults also remained locked. Their fate has also not yet been clarified.