You never know what you will find when you start remodelling: at least that was the experience of a group of Czechoslovak workers on August 24, 1935. They were digging in the cellar of the old financial directorate’s building on the historic Hlavná ulica (street) in Košice when they found 2,920 gold coins, three gold medals and a Renaissance gold chain in an engraved copper casket.
This discovery, weighing 11.5 kilograms, was one of the largest coin finds in European history and the extensive scope of types and geographic origin of the coins ranks the Košice Gold Treasure among the artistic gems of Europe.
It is speculated that the treasure was hidden between 1679 and 1682 during one of the anti-Habsburg uprisings led by Imrich Thököly. Since it was such an enormous sum for that time, it is suspected that its owner was probably a high-ranking official of the Spiš chamber.
The Košice Gold Treasure returned to Košice in 2013 after the premises of the Eastern Slovak Museum, adapted for its exhibition, underwent reconstruction.
The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays.
Admission begins at 4€.
For more pricing options see the website of the museum.
Košice Golden Treasure (Košický zlatý poklad)
Address: Námestie Maratónu mieru 2, Košice; Phone: +421 55 622 0309; Website: www.vsmuzeum.sk