CAIRO: Cairo International Airport authorities foiled an attempt to smuggle antique coins that were in a mail parcel headed to France, Al-Ahram reported Tuesday.
The antique coins date back to 1865 and have been confiscated in preparation to deliver them to the Ministry of Antiques, head of the Archaeological Unit for Confiscated Antiquities (AUCA) Ahmed Rawy said.
The seized items date back to the reign of Egypt’s Khedive Ismaiel Pasha (1863-1879) and will most likely be exhibited in a specialized museum that demonstrates Egypt’s history when Suez Canal was being dug.
The customs administrators suspected a 300 gm parcel and opened it to find over 55 antique coins, head of mail packet customs in Cairo airport’s cargo village Ahlam Salama said.
“An antiquities committee examined the contents of the parcel and proved their origin,” Salama said. A legal complain has been filed against the sender of the parcel, whose name was written on it.
Since the outbreak of January 25 Revolution in 2011 and its consequent security lapse across Egypt, the Tourism and Antiquities Police, in coordination with Cairo airport’s authorities, thwarted several attempts to smuggle ancient Egyptian antiquities.