Saturday, September 08, 2012

More Ancient Coins Destined for Foreign Marets Seized in Egypt

Today, the Antiquities Unite at Borg Al-Arab airport in Alexandria succeeded to abort two smuggling attempts of a large collection of authentic coins.

The authentic coins were packed in two parcels mixed with a collection of commemorative coins within the luggage of two Egyptians who are travelling to Gheda and Dammam in Saudi Arabia.

Mohamed Ibrahim minister of State for Antiquities said that the arrest of both criminals carried out in collaboration with the customs and Police of Borg Al-Arab airport.

He explains that the first parcel was filled with 1080 coins and the second has 106 coins. An archaeological committee lead by Hassan Rasmi head of the Antiquities Unites has inspected both confiscated boxes and finds out that only 134 of the 2266 coins are authentic and the others are only commemorative coins.

Rasmi pointed out that the coins are dated to the Graeco-Roman, Umayyad, Ottoman and Mohamed Ali eras. They are now at the ministry restoration labs for restoration and then put on display at the Islamic museum.

Via MSA aborted two foiled smuggling attempts of authentic coins - Islamic - Heritage - Ahram Online