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Hundred-year-old treasure found in time capsule under Columbus monument

Coins, medals, banknotes and some old scrolls were found in the box which was hidden when the monument was put in place in 1921.

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HIDDEN TREASURES WERE released from a time capsule found under a monument to Christopher Columbus in Buenos Aires last week after being hidden for almost hundred years.

Inside the box, coins, medals, banknotes and books, among other objects were found, Clarin reported.

The sculpture was assembled at the Casa Rosada – the office of the Argintinian president – in 1921 and the chest was buried when the work began.

Last year, work started to removed the monument and transport it to the coastal city of Mar del Plata. It was in the course of this work that the box was discovered.

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Two rolls of film showing how the monument was built were also at the top of the container. Ancient scrolls and newspapers of the era were in the box, showing the inauguration of the monument to Christopher Columbus.

The objects – some of which can be seen here – have been stored in airtight boxes and sent to the Museum of Bicentenary until a final storage place has been decided on.

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