Excavators find ancient medieval treasure under Dom Cathedral

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Excavators have stumbled upon a rare treasure during excavation work that is currently ongoing under the Dom Cathedral. The valuables, believed to date back to the Frankish period around 700AD, consist of some 52 gold and 12 silver coins.

Several hundred of such coins were believed to have been minted in Utrecht at the time so there is a chance there could be more laying around. The coins are believed to be replicas of the currency that was in circulation at the time. Frisians, who ruled the land during the era, must have produced them with the intent of showing off their capability.

The construction work is part of a larger plan to build an underground museum beneath the Dom Cathedral.

The coins have been insured for 250,000 euro and have been put on public display at the Central Museum.

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