Romania recovers Dacian gold coins

Romania recovers Dacian gold coins

Romania has recovered gold coins and silver jewelry dating back to the 1st century BC. stolen from Sarmizegetusa Regia, capital of the dacians. This find is the result of more than two years of effort by Romanian and German prosecutors, police and experts, the museum said. The coins, from the era of King Kosos were stolen from Sarmizegetusa between 2004 and 2007, according to museum director Ernest Oberlander. "Both the coins and jewelry were located at auction”.

Since 2007, Romania has recovered 13 gold bracelets of Dacian origin and more than 500 gold coins stolen from archaeological sites. The Dacians, an Indo-European community conquered by the Romans in the 1st century AD, are the ancestors of the Romans. A man charged as an accessory to theft of cultural property was arrested Monday, prosecutors explain.

The suspect, Horia-Camil Radu he was charged in 2008 but fled Romania before starting the judicial process. In 2010 the British authorities arrested him on his way to Germany, where planned to sell 160 Dacian, Byzantine and Roman coins. According to the analysis of the experts of the British Museum, 145 coins were part of a Dacian treasure, belonging to the World Heritage Site. The seized material will be returned shortly.

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Video: The History of Romania in One Object. The Dacian Gold Bracelets