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Thursday, October 9, 2014
Recovered Artifacts: Coin smuggling attempt foiled at Cairo Intl Airport
Ottoman coins were found Wednesday in possession of an Egyptian passenger
headed for the UAE
Antique Coins / YOUM7 Archive Photo
attempt to smuggle seven Ottoman coins was foiled Wednesday at Cairo
International Airport. Youssef Khalifa, head of the ancient Egyptian
antiquities section of the Ministry of Antiquities, related that during a
routine inspection of luggage at the airport, customs personnel discovered
seven antique coins in the luggage of an Egyptian citizen who was travelling to
the United Arab Emirates.
coins were of the same size and eroded. They bear the year when they were made,
and decorative elements. Khalifa continued that customs officers asked the
Ministry of Antiquities to assign an archaeological committee to check the
authenticity of the coins.
committee, he said, verified the authenticity of the coins, saying they date
back to the Ottoman period. The coins are now in the Egyptian Museum for
restoration and study. The Egyptian passenger was sent to investigators to know
from where and how he obtained the coins.