The governor's office of the southeastern province of Batman on June 21 confirmed that 16 gold coins from the Roman and Islamic periods have gone missing, a day after several media outlets reported on the issue.
The governor's office said that they had already prepared a report on the issue and the Culture and Tourism Ministry had assigned inspectors to find out about the whereabouts of the coins.
“During a file analysis conducted on April 29, 2021, it was determined that 16 gold coins were not in their places and for the necessary procedures to be launched in line with the rules, a report was prepared by the museum experts on April 30, 2021 and the Culture and Tourism Ministry was notified,” the governor's office said.
The governor's office also said that the gold coins in question were seized during a police operation against historical artifact smugglers in 2017.
On June 20, Turkish reports said that 16 gold coins worth 10 million liras had gone missing from the Batman Museum.
Following a report prepared by the Culture and Tourism Ministry inspectors, prosecutors will take over the case, reports also said.