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150 historic Palestinian coins seized in Cairo airport

March 22, 2017 at 9:13 pm

Palestinian currency dating back to before the existence of Israel [Mohammed Abushaban/Wikipedia]

Egyptian authorities today confiscated approximately 150 historical Palestinian coins in a parcel from Israel, according to a shipping source at Cairo International Airport.

“The seized coins belong to various periods of Palestinian history, 30 of them belong to the year 1927, 30 to 1941, 30 to 1942, 30 to 1945 and 30 to 1946,” the source, who asked not to be named due to a lack of authorisation to speak to the media, told the Anadolu Agency.

“The airport’s archaeological unit stressed the significance of the seized currencies for Palestinian heritage since they belong to before the 1948 war,” the source added.

“The coins were confiscated by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities in preparation for handing them over for the Palestinian Embassy in Cairo,” said the source.

“This comes in accordance with a 1970 UNESCO Convention which prohibits the illegal import, export and transfer of cultural property between countries.”

The source did not reveal the coins’ intended destination or how they were smuggled from Israel.