Mark van de Meerakker found a treasure with his DEUS metal detector

“Hello, My name is Mark van de Meerakker. For more than 10 years I have been a metal detector hobbyist. I often go detecting with other hobbyists in the province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands. After a lot of discoveries, the 6th September was one of the most special days for me.

I had a lot of fun with searching and the sun was shining brightly on my face. I found one silver coin, and not much later I found another one, and then another one! I got the feeling that I was onto something special.

After a lot of digging, I reached a total of 89 silver coins, originating between 1600-1670. After some research I found out that there was a disaster in the year 1672. The Netherlands were attacked and plundered by other countries.

You can read about this on Wikipedia by searching for “rampjaar 1672”. At this time rich people buried their money.

In all the 89 coins that I found there was nothing dating from above 1672, confirming that treasure was buried in this period.

This is a beautiful find with an extraordinary history. I thought it was just my luck, but a few weeks later I found with my Deus an axe from the Iron Age. The axe is 2400 years old!

It is wrought, and the DEUS distinguishes normal iron and wrought iron. This axe is really special because its condition is so good after 2400 years.”

Mark van de Meerakker

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