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December 7, 2022

New Dacian items on display at the National History Museum

Starting Tuesday, several new items belonging to Romania’s historical treasure – five Dacian Koson golden coins and fourteen Dacian silver adornments – can be admired by visiting the exhibition at the National History Museum of Romania. The items were recovered by Romanian authorities from Germany and brought back to Romania on 27 July. The five Dacian golden coins represent staters issued by King Koson (44-29 BC). The fourteen Dacian silver adornments date back to the 1st century BC and consist of a simple bracelet decorated with stylised snake heads, twisted head bracelets, pendants, earrings and other types of adornments. All objects were stolen from the area entitled Sarmizegetusa Regia and were smuggled from Romania and sold through renowned auction houses. According to Ernest Oberländer-Tarnoveanu, CEO of the National History Museum of Romania, the selling price for one Koson coin ranges between EUR 500 and EUR 1,500, while the selling price for the Dacian silver pieces of jewellery ranges between several hundred euros and several tens of thousands of euros.

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