German janitor Tanja Höls had walked past an old inlaid wooden box in one of the storerooms in the Passau state library in Bavaria countless times.
One day, about two weeks ago, as she was going about her rounds, she decided to peek inside.
"The box itself was fairly unspectacular, it looked like a big jewellery box, with lots of little drawers inside," Höls told The Local.
"So I pulled open one of the drawers and there were some coins in it. And I pulled a couple more open, and there were more coins — lots of different ones, different sizes and different metals."
She took her discovery of 172 silver, brass and bronze coins to Markus Wennerhold, the head of the library, who had no idea the coins were there. He was thrilled with her find: the ancient coins are worth at least "a low six-figure sum."
"There are coins there from ancient Rome and Greece, as well as from the Byzantine era, as well as medals from the baroque period and Napoleonic times," he said, adding that they'll go on Read More »from Janitor discovers ancient coin collection