A lot of 3,990 copper coins that were used in Mesoamerica between the years 1200 and 1500 was returned to Mexico by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Through Twitter, the Mexican Consulate in Miami thanked the FBI for delivering the pieces.
According to the news agency EFE, Jessica Cascante, of the press office of the Mexican consulate in Miami, explained that this lot of pre-Columbian coins are part of the Mexican historical and cultural heritage and circulated in the western area of the country, specifically between the regions of Michoacán and Guerrero.
“An American collector acquired them in Texas at a numismatic fair in the 1960s, but at that time neither Mexico nor the United States were part of the UNESCO convention,” explained Cascante.
SAC Piro with Mexican Consul General Jonathan Chait address news media about the repatriation of several thousand Meso-American coins to the Mexican Government. The coins were recovered through the FBI’s Art Crime program. pic.twitter.com/pehO7214TR— FBI Miami (@FBIMiamiFL) 30 de diciembre de 2019
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