Smuggle of ancient Roman coins foiled at Israeli border

Customs authorities at the Allenby Crossing between Jordan and Israel foiled smuggle of 53 historical coins dating from Roman period.

Coins seized at the border (by Alleby Customs Authority)

The smuggler was a resident of the Palestinian Authority city of Tulkarm. The man was crossing back into Israel from Jordan when he was tagged for a more thorough search by the Israeli Customs Authority. The coins were hidden in suspect’s coat. A search of the coat revealed a bag of 53 old coins, dating from 100 BC to the 13th century AD. The coins are said to represent 1400 years of regional history, from the ancient Roman period to the Mamluk period.

(after Arutz Sheva & Alleby Customs Authority)

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