Customs officials at Ben Gurion International Airport today (Wednesday) seized dozens of antique and rare coins and bills, thwarting an attempt by a passenger arriving from the US to smuggle them into the country.
The smuggler, a 36-year-old resident of Givat Shmuel, passed through the green lane but was stopped for a routine check. Upon examining his hand luggage, Customs officials discovered rare bills and coins, including some of which had minted in the European ghettos during World War II, a 150-year-old Hawaiin coin, and a 300-year-old gold coin, as well as coin out of the Westerbork Concentration Camp – none of which had been declared, as demanded by law.
The items were taken to an appraiser, who estimated the value of the smuggled antiquities to have a market value of approximately US$23,000.
Upon completion of the investigation, the authorities will determine what further steps are to be taken against the suspect.