Ancient Roman and Byzantine Coin Hoard Seized in Lesovo

Posted on August 31, 2012


The National Customs Agency in Bulgaria seized 488 artifacts which were being trafficked across the border at Lesovo.

Authorities report that customs officials decided to search a Jeep being driving by a 43-year-old Bulgarian national, even though there was nothing particularly suspicious about their behavior. The driver and his passenger said they had nothing to report.

Officials went as far as to x-ray at least enough of the vehicle to detect coins, weapon fragments, and ornaments hidden within the front passenger seat.

While the treasure will have to be analyzed, the coins appear to be Roman and Byzantine. It is suspected they were being transported to Western Europe via Bulgaria.