An unknown person has returned more than 200 historic coins to the archaeological site of Paestum in southern Italy, after a local priest confessed to stealing them.
“Under the cover of the secret of confession, an unknown person, through a priest in a local parish, has returned a sack containing more than 200 antique coins to Paestum Archaeological Park, asking for it,” said a statement issued today, Thursday, by the foundation in charge of the site.
Professor Federico Carbona pointed out that “seven of the 208 coins were counterfeit,” explaining that a large part of these coins are bronze ingots.
The site administration added, “This is the latest in a series of returns by people who regret the violations they committed against heritage and decided to return what they unlawfully seized.”
The site of “Paestum”, a former Greek colony acquired by the Romans and located a few dozen kilometers south of Naples, contains three of the best preserved Greek temples in the world.