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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 34, August 23, 2009, Article 25

UKRAINIAN ARRESTED FOR SMUGGLING AN ANCIENT COIN FROM RUSSIA

Arthur Shippee forwarded this article about the capture of a coin smuggler. But there's something fishy here... -Editor

Ukraine smuggler Customs officers have detained a Ukrainian citizen who was trying to smuggle a unique ancient coin, thought to date to the fourth century BC, from Russia into Ukraine.

The press service of the Crimean customs service reported on Wednesday that a copper coin had been found in his wallet at the Kerch customs post.

According to preliminary reports, this is a coin from Panticapaeum dates to around 314-310 BC.

"Our compatriot had no certificate for the cross-border transfer of such an item, and the coin was not declared orally or in a written form. The [person] said that he had found this coin long ago, that he was not familiar with the rules for the cross-border transfer of such items, and that he had not consulted with customs officers," the press service said.

To read the complete article, see: Ukrainian detained for attempting to smuggle ancient coin into Ukraine (http://www.kyivpost.com/nation/46950)

Hmmmm. The illustration with the article had me puzzled, and I wasn't the only one. In his August 17th blog post, Ed Snible writes:

The illustration depicts not an ancient coin, but twelve old coins, mostly British pence with the reverse used in the 19th and 20th centuries.

To read Ed's complete blog post, see: Ukrainian detained for attempting to smuggle ancient coin into Ukraine (digitalhn.blogspot.com/2009/08/ukrainian-detained-for-attempting-to.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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