Border officials thwart attempt to smuggle dozens of ancient coins into Israel
Israeli customs officials announced on Sunday that they had foiled an attempt smuggle dozens of ancient coins into Israel through the Allenby border crossing on the Jordan-West Bank border.
A statement from the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said that "Allenby crossing customs agents foiled a smuggling attempt of 53 ancient coins dating from the first century B.C. to the 13th century."
According to the statement, the man, a resident of the West Bank city of Tulkarm, was asked to step aside for a search. Officials asked the man to empty his pockets, and after he did so, the officials noticed that his coat still appeared weighed down.
A thorough examination of the jacket resulted in the discovery of a bag containing the ancient coins. The man was arrested by police and the coins transferred to the archaeology officer of the Civil Administration.
Deputy Head Archaeological Officer Benny Har-Even said that the discovery prevented the "theft of history."
"During the discovery we seized 53 ancient coins representing a cross section of 1,400 years of regional history, from the Early Roman period from the first century B.C. to the Mamluk period in the 13th century A.D.," Har-Even said.
"I'm glad to see once again that cooperation between all authorities has prevented the theft of history. "
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