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Greek coin hoard repatriated from Switzerland

June 1, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Greek Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure

May. 31, 2013 (http://bigstory.ap.org)

ATHENS (AP) — A hoard of ancient Greek silver coins seized at a Swiss airport is being repatriated to Greece, the country’s culture ministry says.

A ministry statement Friday said the 118 coins from the early 4th century BC were confiscated by Zurich airport customs in November 2011, from a Belgian man permanently residing in Greece.

The coins are thought to have been originally buried together, probably for safety during times of unrest, although the find spot is unknown.

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