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Around 2,000 artifacts seized by police in Upper Egypt

Wed, Sep. 27, 2017
CAIRO – 27 September 2017: Egyptian Police managed to seize more than 2,000 historical artifacts on Wednesday.

An owner of a selling and displaying antiques office and a citizen carried a number of rare artifacts to smuggle them outside Egypt.

The seized artifacts contained seven gold coins, three ivory horns, two ivory crocodiles, two copper plates, three Quran stands, three swords, six knives decorated with rare stones, 14 handwritten manuscripts, four book notes for documenting divorcing and marriage, historical documents, a big collection of stamps, and an ivory statue of an Asian woman.

Documents and letters totaling 45 belonged to Khedive period in Egypt.

Around 426,800 gold pounds were found with the criminals; they admitted through the investigations that they intended to sell them.

In Minya, police managed to seize a number of historical artifacts in the possession of a citizen, aiming to sell them to antiquities merchants illegally. The police also found three Ushabti statues and a number of coins in his possession.


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