The batch of ax axes or ‘hatchets’ of copper, from the Mesoamerican area of what is now Mexico, date between 1200 and 1500 AD and were recovered through the FBI’s Art Crime program.
A lot with three thousand 990 copper coins that were used in Mesoamerica between 1200 and 1500 were 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.
At the delivery, ceremony were the director of the FBI regional office, George Piro, and the consul general of Mexico in Miami, Jonathan Chait. Also present was Robert Giczy, special agent of the FBI regional office in South Florida, who was in charge of the recovery case of these old coins.
For his part, the consul general of Mexico in Miami, Jonathan Chait, also expressed his gratitude to the FBI for its support to recover the pre-Hispanic coins that are part of the historical and archaeological heritage of Mexico.
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, specifically between the regions of Michoacán and Guerrero.
“An American collector acquired them in Texas at a numismatic fair in the 1960s, but in those years neither Mexico nor the United States was part of the UNESCO convention,” Cascante explained.
Source: efe, aristeguinoticias
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