Iraq: Government officials surrender 531 artifacts to Iraq Museum, among them gold and silver coins

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The Iraq Museum has received 531 archeological pieces which were in the possession of senior
government officials.

The pieces were handed over to the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Qahtan al-Jibouri who in turn
gave them to the Iraq Museum, according to the ministry's spokesman Abdulzahara al-Talaqani.

Talaqani said the first batch comprising a magnificent collection of numismatic coins was returned
to the museum by Minister of National Security Shirwan al-Waili.

This batch included 366 gold and silver coins of various colors, Talaqani said.

He said the second batch of 165 artifacts was kept by two members of parliament and included mainly
statues and cylinder seals.

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