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Janitor Discovers Hidden Treasure Trove Worth Six Figures, Gets Pat On The Back

Tanja Höls’ curiosity has earned her a big 'thank you' from the State Library in Passau Germany, where the 43-year-old janitor discovered more than 170 valuable old coins worth somewhere in the six figure range. The head of the library h

Winter sun in Passau, Germany
Winter sun in Passau, Germany
Ulrike Heidenreich

PASSAU -- It's not that it went unnoticed. After all, staff at the State Library in Passau had been giving the wooden box regular dustings for years. It's just that until recently, nobody ever thought to pop the lid and take a peek inside.

Recently, though, curiosity got the better of Tanja Höls, who had worked at the State Library for a year and a half. The 43-year-old janitor turned the key on the coffer, opened the box's top and, to her astonishment, discovered a veritable treasure trove of valuable old coins. In total, the box contained 172 coins with an estimated worth in the low six figures.

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