© National Museum of Romanian History

Name of Object:

The Pietroasa Treasure


Bucharest, Romania

Holding Institution:

National Museum of Romanian History

 About National Museum of Romanian History, Bucharest

Date of Object:

4th century AD; discovered in 1837; exhibited in 1867


One of the most valuable gold treasures of Romania is the Pietroasa hoard, which consists of five golden vessels and seven golden pieces of jewelry with a total weight of 19 kg. Dating from the centuries 4-5 AD, the hoard is attributed to the Goths. It was discovered accidentally in April 1837 by two peasants who sold it to an Albanian contractor named Verussi. Knowing that all treasures found in the Romanian soil had to be handed in to the authorities, Verussi tried to hide the hoard and even smashed some of the items to make them smaller. Even though he was eventually caught by the police, from the initial 22 items of the hoard only 12 were recuperated. The Pietroasa treasure was first internationally exhibited in 1867 at the universal exposition in Paris, where it enjoyed a great success.

Citation of this web page:

"The Pietroasa Treasure" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://www.sharinghistory.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;rm;24;en

MWNF Working Number: RO 024

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