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OK so it didn’t happen on St. Patrick’s Day and it’s more a Pot ‘O Silver, but utility workers in the Netherlands found a pot of almost 500 coins from the 15th century while preparing to install pipe.
The crew from Oasen, a water company, discovered the treasure on March 1 in Hoef en Haa. In total, 474 coins were contained within the pot, with 12 of them gold and the rest silver. The pot itself is believed to be a simple cooking pot from around the 14th century.
The workers notified the Meldpunt Archeologie van Landschap Erfgoed Utrecht, an organization that photographs and registers archeological finds in the area.
The prize pot also contained textiles, which may have once served as moneybags of sorts to hold the coins, accord to archeologist Peter de Boer. The majority of the coins date to the 1470s and 1480s, and some have imagery depicting King Henry VI of England (and the disputed king of France), Pope Paul II, and David of Burgundy, who was bishop of Utrecht.
"Every coin in this treasure is a story in precious metal," de Boer told RTV Utrecht, a local television and radio broadcaster. "Every gentleman gave out his 'business card' by way of a coin, and therefore, there is a lot to discover."
The coins are now being appraised and studied, but will soon be returned to their new owners – Oasen, the project developer and the people who own the land where the coins were found.