CAIRO – 18 August 2021: The archaeological unit, in cooperation with the Customs Administration at Terminal 2 at Cairo International Airport, succeeded in seizing 34 antique coins in the possession of a passenger who was trying to smuggle them.
This was stated by Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri, who explained that as soon as the Archaeological Units Center at Cairo Airport received a report from the Customs Administration of Passenger Building No. 2, a committee was formed, and confirmed the seized coins were antiquities.
The coins were therefore confiscated for the benefit of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in accordance with the protection of Antiquities Law No. 117 of 1983 and its amendments.
Head of the Central Administration of Ports and Archaeological Units at the Supreme Council of Antiquities Hamdi Hammam added that the seized coins date back to different historical eras.
The confiscated coins include a dinar from the Abbasid era with inscriptions in Kufic script, 24 circular coins from the Ottoman era and the era of Sultan Hussein Kamel, in addition to a gold coin struck in Egypt in 1255, and 8 coins dating back to the reign of King Fouad I, includinga gold coin with a picture of the king and another dating back to the era of King Farouk.