Monday, July 28, 2014
Trumped Up Charges?
The report that Egyptian customs officials have seized historical coins from a Sudanese citizen on his way to Australia should raise some questions. First, the coins appear to be modern or though old, of little value. Second, the claim they "were likely stolen from the Islamic museum" seems a bit odd. Does the museum really hold such insignificant modern items in its stores? Also, didn't prior reports suggest the museum was bombed not looted? Finally, there is the fact that the perpetrator is Sudanese, a people who have suffered discrimination in Egypt. Could this be little more than a story about customs officials finding some old coins on a passenger and jumping to conclusions to help justify the seizure? One thing is for sure, such a story will provide little justification for efforts to impose US import restrictions on historic Egyptian coins of the sort widely and legally collected world-wide (except these days in Egypt).