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Ancient Greek Coins Returned to Greece After Seller Prosecution

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Five ancient coins recovered by the Manhattan District Attorney's office and Homeland Security are on their way back to Greece.

The return follows the prosecution of a well-known Rhode Island collector.

Arnold Peter Weiss, 54, was arrested in January 2012 during a coin auction at the Waldorf Astoria.

Prosecutors say he was there to sell coins he believed were worth millions but they turned out to be fake.

Part of his plea agreement included turning over 23 coins—five of which were identified as historical artifacts from Greek cities.

One of the coins dates back to 515 B.C.

Greek officials say they're happy the country is getting the coins back.

"Great day of joy, ladies and gentleman, for Greece. We carry a great historic archaeological culture and heritage. And because of the decision of your honor the DA of New York we are up to date, able to repatriate five very significant pieces of art—coins if you wish," said Greece's Ambassador to the United States Christos Panagopoulos.

Other recovered coins were returned to the previous owner, while the rest will likely be given to cultural institutions for display and research.

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