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Checkmate? Silver Coins Hidden in Ivory Chess Piece Discovered After 500 Years


These ten silver coins were hidden inside of this bishop piece with a false bottom from an ivory chess set over 500 years ago, most likely to protect the money from theives and robbers. Archaeologists rediscovered the ten coins inside the bishop piece, which date back to the times of renown Russian tsar Ivan the Terrible, found during an urban renovation project replacing old gas pipes in central Moscow. As of now, only the white bishop piece has been found from the set, but archaeologists suspect that all the pieces may have had hollow bottoms.

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