Greece wins Swiss court ruling over ancient coin

13 Jan 2012 11:02 AM | Anonymous

Greece wins Swiss court ruling over ancient coin
By COSTAS KANTOURIS
AP 1/12/12

THESSALONIKI, Greece

A Swiss court has ordered the confiscation of a very rare ancient silver coin that was allegedly illegally excavated in northern Greece and sold at auction in Switzerland, Greek and Swiss officials say.

The lawyer representing Greece in the case said Thursday that the ruling in October opens the way for the early 5th century B.C. coin's return to Greece. The debt-crippled country's rich cultural heritage has long suffered depredations from antiquities smugglers supplying a lucrative international market.

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