The Panagyurishte Gold Treasure

In 2010, ‘’Lady Diana Foundation’’ received an official invitation to the wedding of HRM Prince William and Kate Middleton. By the invitation, the Royal Family once again showed its appreciation and support to the work and the mission of the foundation.

Due to unforeseeable circumstances, LDF’s representatives were not able to pay their respects to the Royal Wedding on 29 April 2011, but a wedding present was sent: a replica of the world’s oldest gold treasure – the Panaguyrishte Gold Treasure (found in Bulgaria).

A short background of the treasure

The Panagyurishte Gold Treasure is a Thracian antique golden set, containing nine different items: a cup and 8 goblets with approximate weight of 6.164 kg.
 The treasure was discovered on 8 December 1949, about 2 km off the town of Panagyurishte by the Deykov brothers.
It had belonged to an unknown Thracian lord of the Odrisi tribe, dating to 4th century B.C., and its main use has been for religious ceremonies.

Similar vessels are symbols of social status and have been used for certain rituals, and the images of gods, heroes, sacred animals and mythological creatures were there to cleanse the liquid and protect the participants in the rituals.

The Panagyurishte Gold Treasure remains the oldest handmade golden treasure in the world.