The Hungarian Government announced on July 12 at a presentation ceremony that it succeeded in arranging for the return of the seven remaining pieces of the Sueso Treasure, a Roman-era silver collection believed to have been smuggled out of Hungary in the 1980s.

The fourteen silver trays, bowls and jugs, plus the copper cauldron in which they were kept date back to the 4th century when Western Hungary was part of the Roman Empire.

Speaking from the Parliament Building in Budapest at a presentation ceremony for the newly acquired treasures, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán stated that “the government believes that the place for our invaluable national treasures, the family silver, is in Hungary. We have done our duty and gotten them back."

László Baán, the Director of Budapest’s Museum of Fine Arts who led negotiations for the objects’ return, said that every government since the fall of Communism in 1990 has attempted to reacquire the treasure, either through negotiation or legal action.

"The Seuso treasure is the most significant, late-period Roman collection of silverwork known to date. The return of the treasure is a moment which has been awaited for many years – not only by the people of Hungary, but the whole world,” said Mr. Baán.

Hungary secured the return of the first seven objects of the Seuso Treasure in 2014. “This means that the complete Seuso Treasure is now back in Hungary,” added Mr. Baán.

The full collection of the Sueso Treasure will be on public display in the Hungarian Parliament until the end of August.

To read Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's statement in its entirety on the occasion of the presentation ceremony of the Seuso Treasure on July 12, please click HERE.