CAIRO: An attempt to smuggle 148 antique coins was foiled by the authorities at Luxor International Airport, Youm7 reported Saturday.
The coins, dating back to the Mohamed Ali Dynasty (1805-1952), were seized with a 33-year-old Egyptian passenger heading to Qatar, source at Luxor airport told Youm7.
Officials at the archaeological unit at the airport inspected the objects and approved their authenticity, said the source.
The passenger has been arrested while the antique coins have been confiscated to be delivered to the Ministry of Antiquities, in accordance with the provisions of 1973 Antiquities Protection Law 117, he added.
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.