Builders make sensational 2mln PLN find during renovation work
Construction workers renovating a historic tenement building in Kraków got a rare and bountiful surprise when they unearthed a stack of cash dating back to the 18th century.
The coins, around 10,000 of them in total, were found in the basement of a building sometimes called the “House of the Abbott” on the city’s Stradomska Street.
The tenement is undergoing renovation to convert it into an apartment and hotel building.
It appears the pennies, mainly low-denomination coins made of copper and minted in the time of King Stanisław Poniatowski II, had been stashed in the basement in linen bags, which have long since decayed away, some 200 years ago.
Why they were put there remains a mystery that will probably never be solved.
Just how much the find is worth has not been specified but copper coins from that period can go for as much as PLN 200 a piece so in total it could have a value of PLN 2 million.
But it is unlikely the finders will see any of the money. The coins have been handed over to the Kraków Archaeological Museum, which will both examine them and preserve them.
While the find has caused something of buzz in the city’s archaeological circles it has come as another complicating factor for Angel Poland, the firm behind the renovation and conversion project.
Work on Stradomska has run into delays over fears it could damage the historic building.
It once belonged to a religious order, from which its “abbot’s” name is derived.