Cafe owner in tug-of-war with Turkey over 2,000-year-old crown worth £250k inherited from his granddad


A BRIT cafe owner has ended a scrap with the Turkish government over a 2,000-year-old golden crown worth £250,000.

Murat Aksakalli, from Edinburgh, said he inherited the ancient treasure — dating back to biblical times — from his grandfather.

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2 The stunning crown has been the subject of a lengthy ownership battle between cafe owner Murat Aksakalli and the Turkish government

But police in Scotland seized the artefact in 2010 after he tried to sell it to undercover detectives.

Reports in Turkey say the intricate wreath dates back to 350BC — at the height of the Persian Empire and 400 years before Britain was even discovered by the Romans.

That year, philosopher Aristotle first proposed the Earth was round and the Mausoleum in Halikarnassos in what is modern Bodrum, Turkey — one of the Seven Wonders of the World — was completed

The crown may have been plundered from a tomb in the ancient city of Milas between 2000 and 2010, officials in Turkey claimed.

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