Library Janitor Coins Millions
December 12, 2011 by staff
Library Janitor Coins Millions, Tanja Hols told The Local she was doing her normal rounds of storerooms in the Passau state library in Bavaria when she decided to open up the inlaid wooden box and see what was inside.
“The box itself was fairly unspectacular, it looked like a big jewellery box, with lots of little drawers inside,” she said.
“So I pulled open one of the drawers and there were some coins in it. And I pulled a couple more open, and there were more coins – lots of different ones, different sizes and different metals.”
Hols, whose duties include basics such as making sure the library’s electricity supply works and the rubbish is collected regularly, was often in the store rooms to return books which had been loaned, to their storage places.
“I thought my boss Dr Wennerhold might be interested to know what I had found in the box,” she said.
He was more than interested – Markus Wennerhold, head of the library, told The Local he was delighted.
“There are coins there from ancient Rome and Greece, as well as from the Byzantine era, as well as medals from the baroque period and Napoleonic times.”
The coins – silver, bronze and brass – were worth millions, he said. “We looked for similar ones online, and found that some which were the same but in much worse condition had been sold for considerable sums. Then there were coins that we have that are not recorded elsewhere.”
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