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Man arrested in carpark in major antiquities bust

Suspect planned to sell hundreds of artefacts and coins for €600,000

Among the antiquities found in the man's possession were 616 ancient artefacts dating from the Neolithic period and over 1,200 ancient coins, mainly from the Hellenistic period, and two Roman-era medals

Some of the coins seized in the operation (Photo: Hellenic Police) Some of the coins seized in the operation (Photo: Hellenic Police) A 53-year-old man has been arrested after police found rare objects dating from the Neolithic period in his possession.

In a planned operation, police moved in to arrest the man at a carpark at the Flisvou marina, in the southern Athens suburb of Paleo Faliro.

Police seized 616 ancient artefacts dating from the Neolithic period and 840 ancient coins, mainly from the Hellenistic period.

(Photo: Hellenic Police) (Photo: Hellenic Police) It is alleged that the man sought to planned to sell these items for €600,000.

In a subsequent search of a man's house, in the city of Larisa in Thessaly, police found and seized 391 additional coins from various eras and two Roman-era medals.

Police are continuing their investigation.

The man will be brought before an Athens prosecutor.

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