Monday, November 01, 2010

French Police Recover Stolen Treasure Sold by Divers

Via Seek4media:

About 25 years ago a young Corsican and two friends discovered gold coins and medallions under the ocean while diving for sea urchins near the Mediterranean coast.

They enriched themselves by selling off the treasure in the black market. On Wednesday, French police seized a significant amount of the gold treasure.

When local authorities questioned them about their new found wealth, the 3 friends claimed that they inherited their wealth. Experts say that the gold treasure was probably part of an old shipwreck and is a very important historical discovery. The coins dated back to the 3rd century AD.

The French police said that the treasure is a maritime cultural asset and belongs to the state. The rare Roman coins flooding the market raised suspicion among collectors which eventually led to an investigation.

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