Stolen Ancient Coins Returned To Italian Museum By Thief

Stolen Ancient Coins Returned To Italian Museum By Thief

Over 200 coins have been returned to the Paestum archaeological park in Italy after being stolen years earlier.

The coins were returned by a priest who had been told about the theft in confession and was asked to personally hand the coins to the site’s director Gabriel Zuchtriegel.

The thief remains anonymous, but it is believed that many similar returns have been made out of fear that the items may be cursed.

Seven of the coins which were returned were found to be fake but the remaining coins appear to be genuine and date from as early as the third century BC.

The coins were mainly of ancient Greek origin, reflecting the Greek colony which was formed in Paestum in the fifth century BC.

Stolen artifacts were returned to Pompeii in a similar manner late last year, by an anonymous Canadian woman who claimed that she had committed the theft fifteen years earlier.

She claimed that she had experienced numerous bad events after stealing the items and believed that they were cursed.

She asked for forgiveness for her theft in her letter which was delivered with the artifacts and expressed her regret for her actions.

Visit the 'Tomb of the Diver' at Paestum on our Archaeology of the Bay of Naples tour.

Pictured: The Temple of Isis on our Archaeology of the Bay of Naples tour

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Added: 27th January 2021

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