Kid finds gold bar in German Alpine lake

Speculation is that it may be Nazi gold but this is disputed.

A teenager has made an unexpected find while swimming in a lake in the German Alps: a 500-gram (17.6-ounce) bar of gold. Police said Wednesday that they are still trying to figure out where the bar comes from and how it got into the Koenigssee lake, a popular tourist destination near Berchtesgaden on the border with Austria.

Source: Teen finds gold bar while swimming in German Alpine lake

You can see that some marks have been scraped off which may make it more difficult to track down where it came from. How it got into the lake may never be known. Police did not find additional pieces in the lake but you can bet lots of others will go looking.

The gold is worth approximately £11,500.


A person with a metal detector found a stash of Nazi gold, in coins, buried under a tree near the northern town of Lueneburg, Germany last October. The news was released last month. Troves of Nazi gold are the subject of many conspiracies and speculation.

At least it wasn’t a gold ring with strange writing on it…

  8 comments for “Kid finds gold bar in German Alpine lake

  1. Dubious f
    August 13, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    I wonder if the police looked at Degussa’s site
    It seems like that bar (considering it’s the right picture) was minted in 1953. Not nazi gold then…

  2. Lagaya1
    August 13, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    Great sleuthing!

  3. August 13, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    Yes, they disputed it was Nazi gold therefore likely knew it was not that old.

  4. CLamb
    August 13, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    The stamping process deforms the crystal structure on some metals. U.S. Indian Head nickles with the date worn off can sometimes be etched with acid to reveal the date. Crystal structure can also sometimes be seen with polarized light. I wonder if this works for gold?

  5. Lagaya1
    August 13, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Ah, like the way they can raise a gun’s serial number after it’s been scraped off.

  6. Christine Rose
    August 13, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    If the serial number was scraped off, it was almost certainly stolen or used for some sort of illegal commerce. I suspect whoever put it into the lake will not be sharing.

  7. Sk3ptik0
    August 13, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    But what about time traveling Nazis? Uh?

  8. Sporkfighter
    August 14, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Possessed time traveling reptilian alien NAZIs who shot JFK!

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