National Museum of the History of Romania recovered 49 silver coins stolen from Dacian Sarmizegetusa
National Museum of History will soon exhibit Dacian 49 silver coins were recovered in the U.S.A. following collaboration between U.S. and Romanian authorities. The coins were discovered in 2003 as part of a great treasure, they left the national territory illegally and were then detected in 2011, at international trade in antiquities, explained in a statement the museum.
The 49 coins are part of Dacian silver unique emission, bearing on reverse a legend written in Greek letters, mentioning the name of the ruler who ordered their minting- Koson. They were beaten in the cash shop Sarmizegetusa around 44-29 BC. These pieces come from a great treasure, discovered after 2003, following the detection of illegal activities and excavations carried out by members of criminal networks who worked in the Sarmizegetusa Regia, the last capital of free Dacia.
Recovery and repatriation of currencies is because international judicial cooperation between Romanian and American authorities, the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and experts from the National Museum of Romanian History.
Sarmizegetusa Regia is the Dacians’ cradle, a Stonehenge of Romania. Erected on top of a 1,200 metre high mountain, the fortress was the core of the strategic defensive system in the Orăştie Mountains (in present-day Romania), comprising six citadels. Sarmizegetusa Regia was the capital of Dacia prior to the wars with the Roman Empire.
Sarmizegetusa Regia contained a citadel and living areas with dwellings and workshops, but it also contained a sacred zone.