CAIRO: Authorities at Alexandria’s Borg Al Arab Airport thwarted an attempt to smuggle a set of Egyptian banknotes dating from the Mohamed Ali Dynasty (1805-1952,) Youm7 reported Monday.
Customs officials at the airport suspected a passenger who was traveling to Athens and by searching his luggage, banknotes of Egyptian Pound dating back to early 1900s were found, according to Youm7.
The banknotes were confiscated and will be delivered to the Ministry of Antiques, head of the central administration of the Archaeological Unit for Confiscated Antiquities (AUCA), Mohamed al-Shahat told Youm7.
“An archaeological committee including officials from airport antiquity authorities and the Antiquities Ministry have examined the banknotes and confirmed their authenticity,” said Shahat.
A legal complaint has been filed against the passenger, he added.
Since the outbreak of the January 25 Revolution in 2011 and the consequent security lapse across Egypt, the Tourism and Antiquities Police, in coordination with the Cairo Airport authorities, thwarted several attempts to smuggle ancient Egyptian antiquities.
In January, authorities at Cairo International Airport foiled an attempt to smuggle 44 manuscripts of the “Description de l’Égypte” publication found in mail parcels bound for Kuwait, Al-Ahram reported.