Officials of the Pardubice region recently announced a surprise discovery. Dozens of gold coins were found on a pasture near the town of Králíky in the north east of Bohemia. Experts, who have analysed the coins, say they date to the period of the Thirty Years’ War and may have been buried while an army was on the march.
Two German treasure hunters have claimed that the world famous amber chamber looted by Nazi forces from St. Petersburg during the Second World War is hidden in the cellars of a Czech castle. The claim has been made by Germans Erich Stenz and Georg Mederer that the treasure is hidden at Frýdlant castle in northern Bohemia. They say a now dead witness recounted how lorries brought the treasure there towards the end of the war. The treasure hunters complain their attempts to pursue research at the site has been blocked by the Czech National Heritage Institute and the Czech government. The amber room was a gift to Tsar Peter the Great by the then ruler of Prussia at the start of the 18th century.
Police have reported the discovery of one of the biggest hoards of silver coins unearthed on the territory of the Czech Republic. Two years ago a treasure hunter in Moravia came upon the find of his life: a jug containing thousands of silver coins minted between the 15th and 17th centuries. He failed to report the find, selling most of it to a collector and only part of it has now been retrieved.
Silver treasure, including coins, tableware and other items dating back to the rule of Václav IV and Vladislav II but also to Tsarist Russia and Czechoslovakia’s First Republic will remain property of the capital and will be overseen by Prague City Museum. The items, hidden either during World War II or shortly afterward, will be added it to its collection, city councilors decided on Tuesday. The decision comes three years after the treasure was found in a building in Smíchov during repairs. Three Ukrainian workers uncovered the items and will receive a reward of 200,000 crowns each. The city posted a notice for former owners to come forward but no one did.
President Václav Klaus and Prague Archbishop Dominik Duka on Friday opened a new permanent exhibition highlighting the St Vitus Treasure at Prague Castle. Items included – on display for the first time in 20 years – make up one of Europe’s largest church treasures; the collection consists mainly of reliquaries containing the relicts of St Vitus and other Catholic saints that have been collected since the 10th century. The items are displayed at the Holy Cross Chapel at Prague Castle.
In view of growing demand in investment gold and silver the Jablonec Mint has started minting large investment silver medals to be sold at between 35,000 and 50,000 crowns a piece, depending on their weight. A special platinum medal with an engraving of Velehrad cathedral is to sell at 800,000 crowns apiece with 100 of these coins in mintage. The mint also sells gold bars and medals in various weights.