Northern Greece 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.

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.

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