US Homeland Security conducts largest repatriation of ancient coins to Greece

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Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in the United States recently conducted the largest repatriation of ancient coins to Greece in its recent history.

Representatives from Greece and the National Hellenic Museum alongside HSI members, held a ceremony on June 16 to return the artefacts which included 51 ancient Greek coins.

Federal agents, National Hellenic Museum conduct largest repatriation of ancient coins to Greece in recent HSI history. Photo: ICE

According to ICE, the priceless coins were seized by HSI after Customs and Border Protection intercepted four shipments entering the US without official paperwork.

HSI Chicago Special Agent in Charge R. Sean Fitzgerald said: “Trafficking in antiquities is a multibillion-dollar criminal enterprise, but when traffickers steal these antiquities from a country, they’re robbing from the cultural heritage of a nation – solely for their potential to generate profit.”

Ancient coins returned to Greece. Photo: ICE

Ambassador of Greece to the United States Alexandra Papadopoulou, Consul General Emmanuel Koubarakis, and Consul Georgia Tasiopoulou were among distinguished guests who attended the repatriation ceremony. 

Ms Papadopoulou said: “This is a successful example of how when we join forces, we can make miracles.” 

Source: ICE.

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