Romania welcomes retrieval of 145 ancient Dacian gold coins


BUCHAREST, Nov. 8 — The retrieval of 145 ancient Dacian gold coins to Romania is a moment of symbolic significance to its national heritage, Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean said on Friday.
The official hailed the British government’s decision to facilitate the return of the gold coins from the King Koson period (approx 44-29 AD) from Britain.
Speaking at a press conference at the National Museum of Romania’s History Museum, its director general Ernest Oberlander-Tarnoveanu said the retrieval took three years of work involving magistrates, police officers, several ministries, as well as museum experts and British counterparts.
“This is an auspicious time for us because it is for the first time that such big a quantity of heritage is returned, albeit as evidence for a court trial,” said Oberlander-Tarnoveanu.
The coins were found with a Romanian national in September 2010 at a border check in Britain. A total of 34 people have so far been indicted in this case. The coins returned to Romania as evidence only, as a court trial will prove whether or not the artifacts belong to Romanian national heritage.
The coins were minted by King Koson, one of the heirs to King Burebista who controlled part of Dacia, including its capital city, Sarmizegetusa Regia.
According to current data, at least 100 kilograms of gold coins and half a tonne of silver items were illicitly obtained by people implicated in illegal detection and digging in the Sarmizegetusa Regia area and smuggled out of Romania for sale on black markets in Europe and the United States.
There have been several operations in Romania to retrieve and repatriate material evidence from stolen Dacian treasures such as gold bracelets and other archeological artifacts.[db:内容2]