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Coins found in a rented apartment in Nasr City 'unauthentic'

A collection of ancient metal coins handed over to Egyptian authorities yesterday by a Libyan citizen are fakes

Nevine El-Aref , Tuesday 14 Jan 2014

The 739 supposedly Mameluke-era coins discovered in a Cairo apartment have been deemed unauthentic by an archeological committee from the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA).

Mostafa Khaled, MIA General Director, told Ahram Online that the coins depicting the faces of several Italian and European dukes are in fact replicas of ones used during the Mameluke period.

A Libyan citizen accidentally found the coins hidden in a wall while carrying out routine maintenance on his Nasr City apartment. He gave them to the Libyan embassy in Cairo, who in turn handed them over to the Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA).

MSA Minister Mohamed Ibrahim expressed his thanks both to the Libyan ambassador and the citizen who found the coins for turning them in, which "reflects their keenness of Egypt's heritage," he said.

Khaled from the MIA asserted that the coins would be melt down so that they can't be used as fakes in the antiquities trading market.


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