Finders keepers? Not even a reward in Germany

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Everett Guy, Jan 30, 2021.

  1. Everett Guy

    Everett Guy Well-Known Member

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  3. Gam3rBlake

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    I really like the Portables Antiquity Scheme that Britain has.

    The way it works is simple:

    There are certain criteria for a find to be classified as "treasure".

    For example: It has to be over 400 years old. It has to be worth over a certain amount. It has to be deposited all on one occasion and other criteria.

    If it IS classified as a "treasure" by an independent assessment then the government requires that any institution (museum, university, etc.,) that wants it has to pay fair market value for it. But they do get first dibs at buying it.

    I really like it because it encourages finders to come forward.

    The way Germany does it encourages people to keep it a secret and sell discreetly to private collectors without the academic community even having a chance to do studies & research on the coins & where they were found.
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  4. Robert Ransom

    Robert Ransom Well-Known Member

    And to think I have a bit of German heritage. I am ashamed of the court or maybe the judge made a side deal, it could happen.
  5. derkerlegand

    derkerlegand Well-Known Member

    While that was interesting, I liked the video at the bottom of the page "Treasure trove found near pipeline" more.
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  6. Everett Guy

    Everett Guy Well-Known Member

    I didnt see that, going to check it out now.
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2021
  7. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    Best advice, tell no one....
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