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Friday, December 19, 2014
Recovered Artifacts, Cairo: Ottoman coins, Roman map of Palestine recovered from smugglers at Cairo Airport
King Farouk Coins (Ahram Online Archive)
of 48 antique coins and Roman-era map of Palestine taken from passengers at
airport. written by Nevine El-Aref
at Cairo's international airport foiled two smuggling attempts, a collection of
mostly Ottoman-era coins and a Roman map of Palestine, an antiquities official
told Ahram Online.
coins were held by an Egyptian passenger travelling to the Greek capital of
Athens, said Ahmed El-Rawy, head of the antiquities unit at the airport.
told Ahram Online that the collection includes 48 coins, among them three from
the Ptolemaic era and engraved on one side with the face of King Ptolemy III.
coin is from the Islamic period and engraved with Kufic writing, while the rest
of the coins are dated from the Ottoman period and the reigns of Sultan Hussein
Kamal, Sultan Fouad I and kings Fouad and Farouk.
A Map of Palestine from the Roman Empire
The coins have been given to
the antiquities ministry. The same unit at the airport also succeeded in
catching an American passenger trying to smuggle a Roman-era map of Palestine
from the year 1750, El-Rawy said.
map was inspected by an archaeological committee, which approved its
authenticity and agreed that it had been stolen from Egypt's Scientific
Institute, which was set on fire in the aftermath of the January 2011 uprising.
El-Rawy said the map is in very good condition and was detached from a still
undetermined book. The
map depicts a large part of Palestine during the Roman Empire and includes the
old names of several cities and towns.