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Coins for millions are missing - former employee of the Coin Cabinet in trial


Today, the trial begins against a former employee of the Royal Mint Cabinet, who is accused of having sold further coins and banknotes that have disappeared from the museum's collections.

The target applies to coins and banknotes worth almost 4 million that a former employee of the Royal Coin Cabinet sold between 2008 to 2013 - and which according to the prosecutor should be stolen from the museum's collections.

- I think we have a good evidence position. Above all, a clear agreement on what he has sold and what is missing [in the museum's collections]. There is no other reasonable explanation than that they come from there, says prosecutor Jens Nilsson.

The prosecutor's lawyer Ingrid Elovsson says that the defendant refuses a crime and writes "He has acquired the coins he has been through through inheritance, purchase and exchange, all in a legal way".

Another former employee convicted of theft

Noteworthy is that another former employee of the Royal Coin Cabinet in 2017 was convicted of theft from the museum's collections. According to the prosecutor, however, there are no links between the two cases. In a review of the collections, it was discovered that 1200 artifacts were missing, worth 25 million.

- It is scary that there is so much missing, what he has sold is a fraction of what is missing. It is sad that it has been so easy to steal, it is distressing, says prosecutor Jens Nilsson

Source: svt

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