Romanticism and legends take a back seat, with Dutch construction workers finding their pot of goldat the end of a drain pipe. This fascinating find in question entails a glazed cooking pot filled with a whopping 500 coins – though only 12 of them are gold while the rest are of silver pedigree. The discovery in itself transpired when these workers (employees of Oasen, a drinking-water company) were involved in laying down pipes along particular sections at the town of Hoef en Haag, in Utrecht.
Quite conscientiously, after finding their treasure hoard, the workers opted to contact Utrecht’s archaeological office. And an initial assessment of the archaeologists from Omgevingsdienst Regio Utrecht (Environment Service Region Utrecht) revealed how the pot additionally also contained the remnants of textile, which probably alludes to how the coins were kept inside separate pouches. The coins in themselves, possibly dating back to the late 15th century, have a range of markings and imagery, including that of King Henry VI of England (whose reign also coincided with the height of medieval English power in France), Pope Paul II (who hailed from the noble Barbo family based in Slovenia), and David of Burgundy (who was bishop of Utrecht and an illegitimate son of the Duke of Burgundy).