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Heritage: Elderly Greek man arrested after discovery of antiquities hoard
More than 1,000 antique coins and dozens of weapons have been seized during a raid on a residence in Imathia, northern Greece, police said Monday.

Elderly Greek man arrested after discovery of antiquities hoard
Some of the artefacts found of in the man's house [Credit: ana-mpa]

During the raid in the village of Alexandria, police found 1,061 copper coins, the majority of which have been identified by experts as dating from the 3rd-1st century BC, the Byzantine period and the Ottoman Empire.


The haul also included 30 silver coins from the same periods, 16 copper rings and other Byzantine and post-Byzantine era jewelry, as well as a collection of 16 revolvers and rifles.

The owner of the property, a 72-year-old man who has been charged with antiquities smuggling in the past, was arrested.

Source: ekathimerini [September 29, 2014]