Turkish security forces seized more than 2,500 Roman and Hellenistic-era coins along with several other historical artifacts in an anti-smuggling operation in central Turkey's Kayseri province Tuesday.
The anti-smuggling seized 2,505 coins, estimated to date back to the East Roman Empire and Hellenistic period. A horse statuette, ring and other metal objects were also seized.
The suspect was caught in the act by police after authorities discovered his plan to sell the artifacts.
The artifacts were later delivered to the provincial museum's directorate.
Thousands of anti-smuggling operations are carried out across Turkey every year to stop the illegal sale of historical objects and protect the country's rich cultural heritage. Turkey is home to about 3,000 ancient cities from 42 civilizations and the country’s tourism industry relies on its rich historical heritage to attract millions of foreign visitors each year.
Last Updated: 5/28/2019 10:05:43 AM