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Cairo airport authorities foil attempt to smuggle 22 antique coins

The Greek passenger, who was en-route to Athens with the antiquities, was immediately referred to prosecution

Ahram Online , Wednesday 23 Dec 2015
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A view of Cairo Airport (Photo: Courtesy of Cairo Airport website)
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An attempt to smuggle 22 antique coins by a Greek passenger was foiled on Wednesday at Cairo International Airport, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported. 
 
The passenger, who was en-route to Athens, hid the antique coins, which date back to the Ottoman Empire, Sultan Hussein reign (1914 - 1917 ) and King Fouad (1922 - 1936), in his luggage. 
 
Officials immediately referred the passenger to prosecution and returned the coinage back to the Ministry of Antiquities. 
 
This incident marks the second attempt to smuggle antique coins out of Egypt in less than a month.
 
On 8 December, an attempt to smuggle 177 antique coins by an Egyptian passenger was foiled, also at the international airport.
 
  
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