Coin dealers alerted by INTERPOL

Date:

Share post:

Specialist dealers and collectors are being warned about the illegal sale of the so-called ‘Lava Treasure’ of ancient Roman gold coins and plates after a number of items were recovered from the open market. INTERPOL and French police are working to recover the ancient coins. 

The rare collection, which dates back to 300 AD, is believed to have been found by divers in the gulf of Lava off the coast of Corsica in the late 20th century. It is considered unique maritime cultural heritage and part of French state property, and therefore should not be sold. 

To date, some 450 gold coins from the Lava Treasure have been traced and identified after their sale in Europe and in the US, and enquiries by French authorities are continuing. 

Details of the coins have been added to INTERPOL’s stolen works of art database, which has secure online public access, and specialists from INTERPOL and the French National Police are advising coin dealers and collectors who may be offered part of the Lava Treasure to check this database in order to avoid its illegal purchase and to preserve this historical treasure. 

INTERPOL’s database on stolen works of art currently contains more than 38,000 records, and in addition to being accessible to all 190 National Central Bureaus, some 2,000 users from 80 countries also have access. 

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the gold coins and plates is asked to contact INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Paris (Ref.: OCBC/T 32531) and/or the INTERPOL General Secretariat Ref.: 2011/29679). 

Source: Interpol [December 16, 2011]

ADVERTISEMENT

spot_img

Related articles

Research explains survival of last Miocene hominoids in China

Chinese scientists have revealed how the last hominoids in the Eurasia continent survived during the Miocene period (5.33...

The animal populations that humans selected to domesticate grew increasingly tame

A reduced fear of humans can be the driving force behind the characteristics that have developed since wild...

New technique allows scientists to ‘age’ craters in the darkest regions of the Moon

A Southwest Research Institute-led team of scientists discovered two geologically young craters -- one 16 million, the other...

Glyphs document 1,000 years of Mayan leaders’ intrigues, wars

Specialists dedicated to deciphering the Mayan writing system have uncovered a wealth of information that spans several centuries...

Florida spring yields ‘amazing’ artifacts

To the untrained eye, many of the hundreds of artifacts pulled in recent months from a Florida spring...

150 new archaeological sites found in Iraqi Kurdistan

150 new archaeological sites have been found during the 2016 campaign of the Land of Nineveh Archaeological Project...

Scientific study turns understanding about evolution on its head

Our understanding of how animals on the planet evolved may be wrong, according to scientists at the University. Latest...

Dartmoor Bronze Age burial remains X-rayed

Early Bronze Age remains from a burial site in Dartmoor National Park will be X-rayed at Salisbury District...