April 2, 2006

Sweden returns 48 ancient coins to Grece

Posted at 5:40 pm in Greece Archaeology, Similar cases

In recent months, Sweden appears to be leading the way in returning artefacts to their countries of origin. Last year, a Swedish woman returned a marble fragment to Greece which was originally from The Erechtheion on the Acropolis. Now, in a completely separate case, the Universities of Lund & Uppsala have agreed to return forty-eight ancient coins excavated in Greece in 1922.

Independent Online (Zaire)

Ancient coin trove returned to Greece
April 01 2006 at 02:57PM

Athens – A collection of 48 ancient Greek coins considered lost for decades was returned to Greece from Sweden on Friday.

Culture Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis took delivery of the collection from Greece’s ambassador in Sweden, Evangelos Karokis.

The coins, excavated by Swedish archaeologists in 1922 at the ancient site of Asine in the Peloponnese – 170km south of Athens – were lost after being taken to Sweden for conservation and study.

They were located in 1977 at the universities of Lund and Uppsala in Sweden, and eventually returned following negotiations between Greek and Swedish authorities.

Greek officials did not provide an estimate of the coins’ value.

Last year, Sweden pledged to return to Greece a small marble piece of the fifth century BC Erechtheion temple on the Acropolis. The fragment, taken to Sweden as a souvenir in the 1890s, was handed over to authorities by a Swedish woman who inherited it from her father. – Sapa-AP

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