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ISTANBUL, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- Turkish security forces on Thursday announced the seizure of 762 artifacts of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras in a series of anti-smuggling operations in Istanbul.

Seven people who were suspected involved in the crime were also detained in operations conducted in seven districts of the city, Ihlas news agency reported.

Among the retrieved items were decorated swords and sheaths thought to had been used by Ottoman soldiers and Sultans, and detailed documents on the Sakarya Battle between Greece and the Ottoman empire in 1921.

The artifacts also included Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman-era coins, some of which are bronze and silver round-shaped coins imprinted with words in Ottoman Turkish about the respective ruler.

The pieces were handed over to the relevant museum directorates for examination, according to the reports.

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