treasure trove
treasure trove /-'trōv/ n: treasure that anyone finds; specif: gold or silver in the form of money, plate, or bullion that is found hidden and whose ownership is not known
◇ State law determines who is entitled to a treasure trove.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

treasure trove
n.
Treasure found; a cache of money, precious metals, or other valuable items with no known owner found buried in the earth or in a hidden place; the person who finds a treasure trove is entitled to it before anyone except the true owner.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


treasure trove
in England, valuables found hidden without anyone knowing to whom they belong, belong to the Crown. See treasure.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


treasure trove
n. French Treasure found. Valuables found, secreted in the ground or other hiding place, usually gold or silver, that is of unknown ownership. The finder of such, under common law, is afforded title to the treasure trove against all except the actual owner.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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