Police officers arrested a suspicious taxi at Istanbul's main bus terminal in the Bayrampasa district and after searching the vehicle they found the bag with Roman and Byzantine coins as well as four rosaries and three colored stones which belong to the same periods.
Later, another search was carried out in a shop belonging to the passenger where two ceramic plates were seized, 50 cylindrical seals of different sizes and colors, five metal rings, two metal seals, five coins, five metal objects and a cross.
Experts from the General Directorate confirmed the authenticity of the objects found.
The arrested shopkeeper was released pending an investigation, charged of "violating the law on the protection of cultural and natural properties." (PL)