Ancient crown seized in Istanbul

Ancient crown seized in Istanbul

Ancient crown seized in Istanbul

A 2,200-year-old crown and silver bowl have been seized by police in Istanbul during a hotel raid against historical artifact smugglers. 

The police’s Anti-Smuggling and Organized Crime Branch pushed the button for the operation on Feb. 20 after finding that suspects had tried to sell a number of historical artifacts. 

Undercover police initially got in touch with the suspects by pretending to be interested in buying the artifacts, representing themselves as antique dealers. The suspects attempted to sell the bowl and the golden crown for $1 million, finally making a deal for 500,000 liras. 

Police teams organized a meeting with the suspects at a hotel in Fatih and seized the four suspects during the operation. 

The golden crown, which dates back to the Hellenistic era, a broken silver bowl and a golden ring were seized in a bag in the raid. 

The artifacts have been sent to the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Museums for further examinations.