This article, found via The Explorator newsletter, doesn't have any information or images of the coins involved, but it highlights the activity around the seizure and
repatriation of cultural artifacts that is affecting the numismatic world. -Editor
Almost 200 ancient Roman coins. A book taken from the personal library of a 14th century archbishop. An illuminated page from a 15th century manuscript.
Those are some of the items of "significant cultural value" that US homeland security officials and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh plan to hand over to the government of Italy in a Wednesday
The 198 coins were first seized by US customs officials in 2014.
Note - the coins were NOT part of the Boston Public Library collection - they were seized elsewhere; the Library is just the site of the planned handover ceremony. -Editor
Joining them for the ceremony are Boston Public Library's head of special collections, Beth Prindle; Boston's special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Matthew
Etre; Acting U.S. Attorney William Weinreb; and Carabinieri Brigadier General Fabrizio Parrulli of Italy's police corps.
According to the US Department of Homeland Security, "HSI oversees investigations into the trafficking of cultural property from around the world. It also manages the return of such items to
their rightful owners. Federal law gives HSI the authority to take a leading role in criminal investigations that involve the movement of stolen or looted cultural property."
The ceremony is set for noon at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.
To read the complete article, see:
Boston Public Library takes part in returning nearly 200 ancient Roman coins and other artifacts to
government of Italy (www.masslive.com/news/boston/index.ssf/2017/04/
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