The Środa Treasure

Many movies suggest that treasure chests are usually found at the bottom of the sea, or in some cave. However, one of the biggest treasures of all time was found in the 1980s in the Polish town of Sroda, during the demolition of an old building.

Although some of the items had been looted, the treasure was still enormous. It contained around 3000 silver coins, several items of jewelry including a golden crown, several rings and pendants. Historians agree that all of this once belonged to Charles IV (1316-1378) of the House of Luxembourg. He had some money problems and pawned various items to a banker. Today, the treasure is believed to be worth over $100 million.

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