Bulgarian Policeman Awarded for Finding Byzantium Treasure

Archaeology | March 23, 2012, Friday // 11:51|  views

A picture of the coins, discovered by a Bulgarian police officer during his patrol duty. Photo by BTA

Bulgarian policeman, Nikolay Gergov, from the northern city of Pleven, who recently discovered a pile of precious Byzantium coins, received an official award Friday.

Gergov was bestowed a diploma and a cash prize from both the Interior Ministry and the Culture Ministr. BGN 1000 was provided by Culture Minister, Vezhdi Rashidov, and BGN 600 – by Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov.

"This is the first such occurrence in the last 10 - 15 years when a conscientious person, a good citizen had done such thing. This civil courage is the way to nurture our children," said the Minister of Culture.

"It's nice when officers from the police perform their duties with such high morals. I think what my colleague has done will help preserve history and is a gesture to all Bulgarians," the Interior Ministry commented in turn.

Two days ago, Gergov found and submitted to the Culture Ministiry 2 343 coins from Byzantium times. He stumbled on the treasure during a patrol walk on foot near the village of Kushin, in the Pleven region.

The coins are already at their new home – the National History Museum.

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Tags: Vezhdi Rashidov, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Culture Ministry, interior ministry, awarded, Byzantium, patrol, policeman, coins, National History Museum


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