NAZIGERMANY SILVER COINS
Nazi Germany introduced this 5 Reichmark note in 1942 to replace the silver 5 Reichsmark coins which were disappearing from circulation due to hoarding. The front of the note features a German young man, along with a small eagle and swastika. German Coins of German Allied Zone 1945 - 1948: German Coins of German Nazi Empire 1933 - 1945: German Coins of German Weimar Republic 1919 - 1933 (partly til 1938) German Coins during World War I until German inflation period 1915 - 1922: German small coins of German Empire, 1 Pfennig until 1 Mark 1871 - 1918: Danzig 1920 - 1939.These four silver coins serve as a memento of the horrors of the ThirdReich. The 2 Reichsmark was issued from 1936 to 1939. It pictures Paulvon Hindenburg on one side and an eagle holding a wreathed swastika onthe other. It is 25mm in diameter and contains .1607 troy ounces ofsilver. Nazi Germany used three different designs on theirregularissue 5 Reichsmark coins. The first pictured the Potsdam MilitaryChurch, also called the Potsdam Garrison Church, on one side and aneagle and two small swastikas on the other. It was struck only from1934 to 1935. The Church was built by Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm Ibetween 1730 and 1735. Adolf Hitler was sworn in a Chancellor ofGermany by Paul von Hindenburg at the Church in 1933. It burned down inthe fires caused by the Allied bombing in 1945. The second type wasstruck during only during the last part of 1935 and the first part of1936. It pictured Paul von Hindenburg on one side and an eagle on theother. Starting in 1936 the Eagle reverse was replaced with an eagleholding a wreathed swastika, similar to the 2 Reichsmark. The Eagle andSwastika 5 Reichsmark was struck from 1936 to 1939. The silver 5Reichsmark coins are each 29mm in diameter and contains .4016 troyounces of silver. Because of the war, no Nazi silver coins were struckafter 1939. Coins grade Very Fine.
NAZI GERMANCURRENCYThe following notes were used in Nazi Germany throughout World War IIand remained legal tender until 1948. The notes bear twodates: the date the note was first authorized, and the date the issuingbank was authorized to issue currency. Unlike coins, the date is notthe year the note was printed. These Reichsbank notes weresupposedly backed by gold.
100 REICHSMARKFEATURES SWASTIKA
The 1935 100 Reichsmark features a large swastika underprint at thecenter. To the right is Justus von Liebig, a 19th century Germanchemist who is 'Father of the Fertilizer Industry' for his discovery ofnitrogen as an essential plant nutrient. The back depictsallegorical figures. The note was the highest denomination in generalcirculation. It was about half a month's pay for a skilledlaborer.
FIRST NOTE ISSUED BYNAZI GERMANY
The 50 Reichsmark was the first note issued after the Adolf Hitler cameto power. The note is dated March30, 1933, which is one week after Hitler assumed control overGermany. It features the portrait and watermark of 19thcenturyPrussian politician and banker David Hansemann. The backfeatures a portrait of Mercury and two small children.
NAZI GERMAN 20REICHSMARK NOTEFEATURES AUSTRIAN MAIDENIn 1939 a new 20 Reichsmark note was introduced, with a design adoptedfrom an unissued Austrian note. Austria had been forciblyincorporated into the Third Reich the previous year. Thefront depicts a young woman holding edelweiss, There is alsoa small eagle and swastika and a large swastika underprint. The back pictures the Dachstein Glacier on Lake Gosausee in Austria. To the left is a man holding an ax. To the right isa man sowingseeds. The watermark depicts the young maiden.
The 20 Reichsmark notedated 1929 portrays Ernst WernerSiemens, the 19th centuryGerman industralist and inventor who founded the Siemens A.G. which hasexpanded into a multi-national company producing a wide range products.The back featureschildren holding tools and a worker carrying ahammer. It has a watermark of Siemans at the leftandan embosed seal near the lower left corner. The notecontinued in circulation throughout World War II.
The 10 Reichsmark depictsAlbrecht Thaer, a 19th Century Germanagriculturalist who applied scientific principles to agriculture andset up one of the first agricultural colleges. The backfeatures two children and a woman carrying a sickle. The noteis dated January 22, 1929 and was issued until 1945. It hasa watermark of Thaer at theright and an embosed seal near the lower left corner.
NAZI GERMAN 5 REICHMARKNOTE FEATURES HITLER YOUTHNazi Germany introduced this 5 Reichmark note in 1942 to replace thesilver 5 Reichsmark coinswhichwere disappearing from circulation dueto hoarding. The front of the note features a German youngman, along with a small eagle and swastika. The back depicts a womanwith a sickle and a man with a wood plane, representing farming andindustry. Between them is a vignette of theBrunswick Cathedral and the Brunswick Lion statue. The Lionwas commissioned by Henry the Lion about 1166AD. The statueis the oldest, preserved large sculpturefrom the Middle Ages north of the Alps. The note measures 140x70mm andis brown. The left side features a watermark of the numeral'5'.
NAZI GERMANRENTENMARK NOTESIn 1937 Nazi Germany introduced 1 and 2 Rentenmark notes. TheRentenmark was equivalent to the Reichsmark however it was theissuing authority was the Rentenbank rather than the Reichsbank, hencethe different name. TheReichsbank did not issue notes under 5 Reichsmarks so the Rentenbankwas utilized to issue these lower denomination notes. The Rentenbank's currency was backed by mortgages on land and industrialproperties rather than by gold. The emblem of theRentenbank was a sheaf of grain. The emblem appears both onthe back of the notes and in the embossed seal at the lower rightcorner of the notes. They were the last notes issued by the Rentenbank. The notes continued in circulation until 1948.
SPECIAL: ALL 8 OF THE ABOVE NAZI GERMAN NOTES: 1& 2Rentenmark, 5 & 10 Reichsmark, both 20 Reichmark notes, 50& 100 Reichsmark in circulated condition. Adifficult set to assemble.
WWII GERMAN ARMED FORCESAUXILIARY PAYMENT CERTIFICATEDuringWorldWar II Nazi Germany issued special notes known as Auxiliary PaymentCertificates. They were used to pay troops stationed in occupiednations. If an effort to keep the notes from circulating in the localeconomy they were worth ten times their face value if spent inauthorized military establishments or sent back toGermany. The notes have the denomination and twosmall Wehrmacht eagle and swastika emblems on the front. Theback is blank. The 1 Reichspfennig note was released in1942. It is printed on blue watermarked paper and is 88x43mm.
WORLD WAR IIGERMANMILITARY CURRENCYWehrmacht military currency was used by Nazi Germany to pay its troopsduring the final months of World War II. The notes are datedSeptember 15, 1944. Soldiers were paid in military scrip while intransit. When a soldier arrived at his post the notes could beconverted to the local currency or occupation notes. The notes all havesimilar designs. The front includes a small Eagle holding a Swastikaand the inscription 'VERRECHNUNGSSEN FÜR DIE DEUTSCHE WEHRMACHT'(Clearing notes for German Armed Forces) The back of the note includesregulations and instructions on how to use the notes.They areinteresting and historic pieces of World War II military history.
NAZI GERMAN 1943-44WINTER RELIEFRATION COUPONTheWinterhilfswerk, or Winter Relief Fund was a major program run by theNazi party in Germany to help those where were in need survive theharsh German winters. Contributions to the fund weresupposedly voluntary, however failure to contribute was not toleratedand could cause the loss of one's job or worse. Directdonations to the needy were strongly discouraged. Those inneed were given coupons which could be spent on food, clothing, fuel,rent, gas or electricity during the winter. The recipientwould enter their name and address on the back of the coupon. The upper right corner would be cut off when the merchant who receivedthe coupon cashed it at a bank. This cancelled brown 1 ReichmarkWinterhilfswerk coupon was issued for the winter of1943-1944. A summary of the regulations is on the front and alist of eligible items on the back. It is a rarely seen WorldWar II item from Nazi Germany.
NAZIGERMAN BONDSThese bonds were issued by Nazi Germanybetween 1935 and1942. The bonds had a lottery aspect, with a portion of thebonds being drawn each year for repayment. The 1935and 1936 bonds were issued by the Reich Debt Administration and carry anominal interest rate of 4 1/2%. The 1935 issue bear, theReich’s eagle from the Weimar Republic, the 1936 have the Nazi Eagle& Swastika emblem. The 1942 bonds were issued by thestate of Thuringia with a nominal interest rate of 3 1/2%. They have the embossed Nazi eagle & swastikaemblem. The bonds measure approximately 8.5' x11.75' (21cmx 29.5cm) and have been canceled by a single hole punch. Thebonds have a remarkable history. Having been stored in theimpenetrable safe of the Reichsbank in Berlin, they survived the SecondWorld War unscathed by bombings. Even during the years of the GermanDemocratic Republic they went largely untouched. In 2015 theGerman Ministry of Finance had the bonds sold at auction, with theproceeds going to the Nazi Crimes Compensation Fund. They areremarkable and historic items of Nazi German economic history.
SILVERCOIN FROM THE ITALIAN OCCUPATION OF ALBANIA AfterHitler annexed Austria and invaded Czechoslovakia, Mussolini wanted toshow that Italy could do the same, so he invaded Albania in April1939. His force of some 100,000 men, 137 ships and 600airplanes quickly overwhelmed the Albanian army. Italian KingVictorEmmanuel III was proclaimed King of Albania and a puppetgovernment under the control of Fascist Italy was created. This 1939 silver 5 Let was struck to help mark the occasion. The bust of Victor Emmanuel is on the obverse. The reversefeatures the traditional Albanian Eagle flanked by a pair offasces. The coin was struck only for a single year. The23.1mm coin weighs 5 grams, and is struck .835 fine silver.
BEAUTIFULBANKNOTES OF GERMANOCCUPIED SERBIAOn April 6, 1941 Axis Forces under Nazi Germany invaded Yugoslavia. They promptly conquered and divided the nation along ethniclines. Serbia was placed under the control of the Germanmilitary. Serbia issued some beautiful, multi-colorbanknotes while under Nazi German control. The notes were printed bythe Serbian Institute for Manufacturing Banknotes and Coins inBelgrade. The 50 Dinara banknote dated May 1, 1942 depictsSerbian King Peter I on the front. Peter died in1921. The back features the Serbian coat of arms. It is 150 x75mm. The 500 Dinar dated November 11,1941 depicts a womanwithgold coin jewelry on the front and a bricklayer on the back. The 500Dinar dated May 1, 1942 features the Serbian arms and a bare chestedman sowing seads on the front. The back depicts a barechested man harvesting wheat with a sythe. The notes have thewatermark of King Alexander I. They areimpressive, large size,colorful notes from a time when Serbia was under Nazi domination.
WWIIFASCIST ROMANIA BANKNOTERomania came under the control of fascist dictator Ion Antonescu inSeptember 1940. The country officially joined the Axis powersin November 1940. It was a major participant in the invasionof the Soviet Union, contributing both troops and equipment, and was amajor supplier of oil for the German war machine. In 1943 theAllies began heavy bombing of Romania. The Soviet Union invaded in1944. Shortly thereafter young King Michael, whohad previously been little more than a figurehead, led a coup thatoverthrew Antonescu. Romania then joined the Allies. Soviet troopsquickly occupied Romania, even though Romania was now on the same sideas the Soviet Union. This Romanian 500 Lei note is datedbetween November 1940 and January 1943, the period when Romania wasunder the control of the fascists and supporting NaziGermany. The brown note depicts two female farmers carryinghoes on the front. The back features the Peles Castle. TheNeo-Renaissance castle was built as a royal residence for Carol I, thefirst king of modern Romania, between 1873 and 1914. Today itis a popular tourist attraction.
COIN OF THE NAZIPUPPETSTATE OFBOHEMIA & MORAVIATheNazis invaded Czechoslovakiain 1938, incorporating part of it intoGermany. In the western portion of what remained they createda puppet state called the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. FromBohemia and Moravia we offer the zinc 1 Korun coin was struck from 1941until 1944. One side depicts the Bohemian lion. Theother has Linden branches, the date and the denomination.
LASTCOIN OF THEKINGDOM OF YUGOSLAVIAThis 1938 10 Dinara isone of the last coins of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Theobverse of the 23mm nickel coin depicts the head of young King PeterII. The reverse has the royal crown, denomination and datewithin a wreath. Peter became king in 1934 at age 11 upon theassassination of his father, King Alexander I. Though he wasopposed to Nazi Germany, his regent signed a pact that alliedYugoslavia with the Nazis in 1941. Two days later a Britishsupported coup overthrew the regency and proclaimed the 17 year oldPeter to be of age and in control of Yugoslavia. Hitlerresponded by attacking and quickly conquering Yugoslavia. Peter escaped by climbing down a drainpipe. He never returnedto his homeland. He made his way to London, then after the war lived inthe United States, eventually working in a Los Angeles Savings and Loanbefore he died in Denver in 1970.
WORLD WAR II COINS OFVICHY FRANCEVichy France also known as “Etat Francais” (French State) was thecollaborationistgovernment set up by the Germans after France was defeated in World WarII. Its administrative capital was in the town ofVichy. Though it nominally ruled France, in reality it onlycontrolled the south-eastern portion of the country, while Germanycontrolled the rest. This three-coin set includes thealuminum 50 Centimes, 1 and 2 Francs of Vichy France. Oneside of the coin features a double-headed axe flanked bygrain. The other side has the denomination flanked by oakleaves and the legend “TRAVAIL,FAMILLE, PATRIE” (“work, family, fatherland”). The legend replaced the traditional motto of the French Republic“liberty, equality, fraternity”. The coins datefrom 1942 to 1944.
WORLDWAR II COIN OF SPAIN ThoughFrancisco Franco and the Spanish Nationalists received heavyassistancefrom Hitler during the Spanish Civil War and the two were ideologicallysimilar, Spain never officially joined the Axis powers in World WarII. Spain provided volunteers to fight against Russia, butinsisted they not be used on the western front. Negotiations betweenHitler and Franco concerning Spain formally entering the war did not gowell, with Hitler reportedly saying 'I prefer to have three or fourofmy own teeth pulled out than to speak to that managain!'. This 1944 21mmaluminum-bronze Spanish 1Peseta depicts coat of arms of Spain on the obverse. Thereverse features the historical symbols of Spain around thedenomination: a pomegranate for Granada, four pallets forAragon, a castle of Castile, a lion for León, chains for Navarre and abundle of arrows for the Catholic Monarchs (Ferdinand and Isabella) whounited the country.
WORLD WAR II COINSOF THE VATICAN
1938 CHINESEWARBONDS DEPICTS AIR AND SEA BATTLESThese 1938 Chinese War bonds include two wonderful vignettes. One showing an aerial dogfight, the other depicting costal gunemplacements blasting ships offshore. The bonds were issuedby Kwangtung Province of China in March 1938 to raise funds in adesperate attempt to stop the Japanese invasion of China. Bythe time the bonds were issued, Japan had already begun an naval andaerial blockade of Canton (now Guangzhou), the capital of KwangtungProvince (now Guangzhou). Beijing, Shanghai and the nationalcapital of Nanjing had already fallen to the Japanese. Thebonds were issued in low denominations in order to allow most Chineseto purchase them. The defense of Canton failed and the cityfell to the Japanese in December 1938. The bonds are labeled in Chinese'27th year KwangtungProvince National Defense Public Bond' and paid a4% interest. Only the first three coupons on each bond havebeen clipped. The bonds measure approximately 10.5'x12.5'(26x31.5cm) The 5Dollar bonds are blue, the 10 Dollar bonds are brown. It isan important item issued during the Japanese invasion of China.
UNUSUAL FIBERCOINS FROM WWII JAPANESE OCCUPATION OF CHINAManchukuo was a Japanese puppet state carved out of Northeastern Chinaprior to World War II. Due to a severe metal shortage towardsthe end of the war, it issued these unusual 1 Fen and 5 Fen coinsstruck in a thick, red material rather than metal. The coins are datedin the year of the reign of Emperor Kang Te ofManchukuo. Kang Te was formerly known as Pu Yi, whowas the last Emperor of China until he was deposed in 1911. TheJapanese used him as the figurehead leader for Manchukuo. The1 Fen struck only a single year; 1945. The 5 Fen was struckin 1944 and 1945. Because the material used was relativelysoft, thecoins show considerable wear. These historic World War II coins aresome of the few circulating non-metallic coins of the 20th century.
JAPANESE INVASION OFTHE UNITED STATES?
WORLD WAR IIPHILIPPINE GUERRILLANOTES To finance their activities fighting the Japanese during World War IIvarious guerrilla bands in the Philippines issued their own currency.The guerillas would set up currency boards which would issue notes.Anyone caught using the Japanese invasion money was severely punished.Generally, each province would have its own currency board. The names of three members of the currency board would appear on eachnote, which was a very brave and brazen act of defiance against theJapanese invaders. The notes tend to be crude, as they were printedunder rather unfavorable conditions with limited resources. We are pleased to offer a set of 24 different World War II PhilippineGuerilla notes. The notes grade Very Good to VeryFine. These notes are a historic vestige of the braveFilipinos who fought against the Japanese in World War II.
WWIICANADA TOMBAC 1942 BEAVERAND 1943 VICTORY 5 CENTSDuring1942, because nickel was needed for the war effort, Canada replaced thenickel 5 cent coin with one made of a brass alloy called Tombac. Thenew coins were 12-sided, making them even more distinctive. The new coins kept the beaver reverse and King George VI thatwas on the previous coins. The coins were struck only a single year. OnJanuary 1, 1943 Canada released a new design for their 5-cent coin topromote the war effort of World War II. The reverse featured a large'V' behind a burning torch. The V both stood for Victory andthe denomination in Roman numerals). Even though the coin isnot made of nickel, it is often referred to as Canada's VNickel. Around the edge is the inscription in Morse codewhich reads 'WE WIN WHENWE WORK WILLINGLY'. Like the 1942 issue, thecoin is made of Tombac and depictes King George VI on theobverse. It too was struck only a single year. In1944 the Tombac allow was replaced with chrome-plated steel.
CANADA 2020 WORLD WAR II VICTORY2 DOLLAR COINCanadacommemorated the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II withcolored and un-colored versions of this 2020 2 Dollar coin. The coins have similar reverse designs which were adapted from Canada's World War II era Victory 5 centcoins. The designs feature a torch and a large 'V'in the center. On the outer ring is the inscription 'WE WIN WHEN WEWORK WILLINGLY' in Morse code and the words Victory andRemember are inEnglish and French. At the top are two shifting images of amaple leaf within the line pattern. The obverse depicts theportrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
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WORLD WAR IICANADIAN MEATRATION TOKENMeatwas rationed in Canada during World War II. Families receiveda ration booklet which allowed them to purchase a limited quantity ofrationed goods, including tea, coffee, sugar, butter, booze and meateach week. Each weekly meat ration coupon was good for 2pounds of meat. The problem was that many did not haverefrigeration at home, so they would either forfeit the whole couponfor a lesser amount of meat, or buy their full amount and risk it goingbad before it could be used. In 1945 the Canadian governmentfinally wised up and issued meat ration tokens that were good for alesser quantity of meat. Each token was worth 1/8 of a meat rationcoupon (1/4 pound of meat), so if someone bought less than their fullration of meat the tokens could be given out to be usedlater. If one bought half their weekly ration of meat, theywould receive four tokens for later use. The 22mm blue tokenis struck on a heavy blue cardboard with a center hole. Both sides havethe same design with the words 'CANADA- RATION MEAT - VIANDE' and twomaple leaves.
UNCIRCULATEDWORLD WAR II COINS OF MEXICOWorld War II was a time of prosperityfor Mexico. Its minerals were much in demand for the wareffort. Many Mexicans went to the north to work inagriculture to cover for the shortage farm labor in the UnitedStates. These Uncirculated 5 Centavos bronze 5 Centavos aredated 1944 and 1945, during the height of Mexico’sprosperity. The 25.5mm bronze coins depict Josefa Ortiz DeDominguez, one of the hero’s of Mexico’s War of Independence. Behind her head is the Mexico City mintmark. The other sidefeatures Mexico’s national emblem of an eagle on a cactus eatinga snake. It is an attractive coin that is quite reasonablypriced considering it is over 70 years old and still in it’s originalmint condition.
WORLD WAR II COINS OF BOLIVIASTRUCK AT THE PHILADELPHIA MINTThisthree-coin set includes the zinc 10 and 20 Centavos and bronze 50Centavos dated 1942. The coins were struck at the UnitedStates mint in Philadelphia. The three coins havesimilar designs. The obverses depict the Bolivian arms whichfeature the Potosi mountain silver mine and an alpaca. Thereverses have a caduceus, the denomination and date. During World WarII Bolivia's mines supplied much needed tin to the Allies. Bolivia did not declare war on Germany until 1943, by which time it wasbecoming clear that the Axis powers were losing the war. Bolivia did not send troops, ships or airplanes overseas to fight thewar.
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PORTUGUESE TIMORHONORS WORLD WARII HEROPortuguese Timor, now the independent nation of East Timor, honoredtheir World War II hero Dom Aleixo Corte-Real on this 1967 20 Escudosnote. A vignette and watermark of him wearing an impressivefeather crown appears on the front of the note. He is the only nativeto be honored on a banknote of Portuguese Timor and one of the onlyWorld War II heroes to be honored on a banknote anywhere. AleixoCorte-Real, also known as Dom Aleixo Timorese was born in1886. In 1912 he became the Liurai (chief) of the region ofAinaro. He was a strong supporter of the Portuguese rule ofTimor. The Japanese invaded Portuguese Timor in 1942, eventhough Portugal was a neutral country during the war. He leda major revolt against the Japanese until he was captured in1943. He refused to denounce the Portuguese flag, for whichhe and his family were killed by the Japanese. Theback of the note includes the Portuguese Imperial Arms and the seal ofthe Banco National Ultramarino which features a sailing ship. The note measures 135 x 75mm and has a solid security thread. Because Portuguese Timor was a small, isolated colony its notes aredifficult to find. The note is Uncirculated, but has minorbrown stains from storage in the tropics.
WORLDWAR II COMMEMORATIVE FROM ASCENSION ISLANDAscensionIsland commemorated the 80th Anniversary of the start ofWorld War II with this copper-nickel 1 Crown. An airbase wasconstructed on the island during the war for patroloperations. The base was called 'wideawake' because of anearby colony of noisy terns. The coin features threesoldiers with tanks and war vehicles, ships and Lancaster airplanes inthe background. Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse. The 38.6mm coin has a maximum mintage of 10,000 pieces.
SAIPANHONORS WORLD WAR II BATTLESaipanis now part of the Commonwealth of the Northern MarianaIslands. In World War II it was the site of one of thebloodiest and most strategic battles in the Pacific. Saipanwas Japanese territory and one of the last line of defenses before thehomeland. An estimated 29,000 Japanese soldiers and 20,000 civiliansdied trying to defend the island. 3,426 Americans died and 10,364 werewounded. The loss of Saipan was a major blow to Japan. American B-29 bombers were now within striking range of mainland Japanand the Philippines. The obverse unofficial 2019 Saipan 5Dollar coin depicts the emblem of the Commonwealth of Northern MarianaIslands. The reverse features a Marine in front of a wavingAmerican flag and the dates of the Battle ofSaipan. The 40mm eight-sided silver-plated Proofcoin has a mintage of only 160 pieces.
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Finders keepers? Not always, according to a German court. A man who found gold coins and cash while landscaping might walk away empty handed.
Some of the coins discovered in 2016 were only made that same year
A man who discovered a trove of gold coins and money in Germany might end up with nothing to show for it after a German court sided against him on Friday.
Vintage casino dice. In 2016, an employee for a landscaping company was clearing roots and bushes at a cemetery in Dinklage, northwestern Germany, when he found plastic containers with gold and money. The man informed the police of his discovery.
On the following day, he and several others found more containers in the greenery that had already been cleared away and transported to the landscaping company grounds. In total, they discovered over €500,000 ($606,600) in gold and cash. Some of the coins bore the 2016 stamp, indicating they were buried only recently. The town then took custody of the trove. However, the officials were not able to track down the original owner.
Police make arrests over gold coin theft
No treasure, no reward
The landscaping employee eventually decided to sue the town. He argued that he was now the legal owner of the gold and money as the previous owner had failed to claim them during the six months following the discovery. The worker also applied for financial help with his lawsuit.
On Friday, the court rejected his plea for aid. While the ruling does not explicitly concern the ownership issue, the judges said his lawsuit would have no chances of success.
The containers, according to the court, were not lost — they were intentionally hidden. Therefore, the law of lost property would not apply. While German law also allows finders of a 'treasure' to keep half of it, the containers were apparently buried recently and could not legally be considered a lost treasure.
'As this is not a lost object that the man had found, he is also not entitled to a reward,' the court said.
'You can only find what had been lost.'
Treasure trove found near pipeline
dj/sri (AFP, dpa)