Twenty-three ancient coins from Anatolia were returned to Turkey upon the wishes of an Australian collector, who had purchased the smuggled coins at different auctions throughout her life, as described in her will.
The associate dean of the Catholic Theological College, Rosemary Canavan, fulfilled the last wishes of the deceased collector, Julie Hooke. Canavan called the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism about the will, which paved the way for the return of the ancient coins to Turkey.
Zülküf Yılmaz, head of the General Directorate of Museums and Cultural Assets, announced the return of the artifacts to the public in a press conference on Friday. He said that 22 of the coins are bronze and one is silver, adding that the coins probably date back to the first or second century B.C. Yılmaz noted that the artifacts will be put on display in a museum in the western province of Denizli.
Yılmaz explained that there are many historical Turkish artifacts showcased in prominent museums, including the Louvre in Paris, the Pergamon in Berlin and the Boston Museum, that were originally smuggled out of the country. He said that the Ministry of Culture and Tourism is working hard to repatriate these smuggled artifacts. Yılmaz added that additional artifacts will be returned to Turkey in the coming days.
Some 3,000 historical artifacts have been returned to Turkey in the past 10 years as part of the ministry's efforts to repatriate smuggled artifacts.
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