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Arts official urges villagers to sell the ancient treasure they found
THE NATION

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BANGKOK: -- FINE ARTS OFFICIALS yesterday urged some 100 community leaders and villagers in Phatthalung's Khao Chai Son district to stop digging for gold and to cooperate by "returning" gold sheets they dug up - within the next two weeks - or face punishment.

Department inspector general Anan Chuchote said people who refused to do this could be punished by up to seven years in jail and/or hit with a fine of up to Bt700,000. He spoke at a meeting with local leaders at the Khao Chai Son Community Hall to discuss the retrieval of gold from villagers.

The move followed the recent discovery of big sheets of gold in a palm plantation, which triggered a gold rush despite a prospecting ban.

People who hand over gold sheets to the authorities within the next 15 days would not be punished.

In addition, he said the Nakhon Si Thammarat Fine Arts Office would assess an appropriate price and pay them a third of the "real" price, an amount that would still be higher than the market price.

Nakhon Si Thammarat Fine Arts Office director Anat Bumrungwong said an inspection by his officials was deterred by rainwater and muddy soil.

Gold sheets buried deep

He said villagers had told them the gold sheets were buried three metres under the ground.

The officials' initial assessment was that the gold sheets and ancient artefacts may be from the Ayutthaya era or earlier. The area was suspected to be an old waterway that connected to Songkhla Lake, so it was believed a boat with valuable items may have sunk there.

Ban Thung Ore palm plantation owner Vee Thabsaeng presented a big gold sheet to the officials later yesterday so it could be studied and kept as a national treasure, and the department purchased the sheet from him at the promised price.

Anan said that a study of the gold sheet by department officials would be complete in seven days and hoped that may yield more clarity on its origin.

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-- The Nation 2014-06-03

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Fine Arts Office would assess an appropriate price and pay them a third of the "real" price, an amount that would still be higher than the market price.

So I am presuming they are talking about the spot price for gold content as the market price, I would have thought that the market price would have been the real price you could get on the world market.

Why wouldn't you sell these on the real market ?

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Fine Arts Office would assess an appropriate price and pay them a third of the "real" price, an amount that would still be higher than the market price.

So I am presuming they are talking about the spot price for gold content as the market price, I would have thought that the market price would have been the real price you could get on the world market.

Why wouldn't you sell these on the real market ?

Because they are not bullion per se, but actual artifacts that theoretically belong to the state anyway.

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@dinger

"Is this the same gold that a few days ago was thought to be from the Japanese and left after WW11 and had Japanese inscriptions on it?"

Yes...

2014-05-28

http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/729841-thai-farmers-unearth-25-million-baht-in-gold-under-orchard/

@harrry

"Most countries have laws where ancient relics belong to the State."

What about that "Japanese inscriptions on it" part?

That is not ancient.

@NongKhaiKid

"The villagers would be well advised to hire a lawyer"

I agree.

Now from the 2014-05-28 post...

"Rawee Thabsaeng, 54-year-old resident of Khao Chai Son district,
said he found the gold on 25 May in the field where he
had planted small palm tree shoots two weeks ago."

In this OP...

"Ban Thung Ore palm plantation owner Vee Thabsaeng presented a big gold sheet to the officials..."

What about Mr. Rawee, seems he does not own the land.

and

"Anan said that a study of the gold sheet by department officials would be complete in seven days and hoped that may yield more clarity on its origin."

So what if it is from WWII Japanese?

I doubt that the FINE ARTS OFFICIALS will back down from their

extortionist threat of "punished by up to seven years in jail and/or hit with a fine of up to Bt700,000"

As said "get a lawyer or be happy with the 1/3 price rip-off,

and file charges with the NACC and DSI.

Just my 1 baht opion.

Yep, Mr. Rawee should have told no one, including family.

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Best advice (hindsight now) keep your mouth shut.. But it must be a Thai thing as soon as you have some money you have to tell every one about it. Same as my wife when she hits the Lotto

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Best advice (hindsight now) keep your mouth shut.. But it must be a Thai thing as soon as you have some money you have to tell every one about it. Same as my wife when she hits the Lotto

It's all to do with face. Pointless to be successful, get money etc. etc. unless everyone knows all about it and can see how good you are.

The downside can be that relatives, including some you didn't know you had, friends and general hangers on come out of the woodwork looking for a donation.

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