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Mar S
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« on: May 21, 2019, 05:31:35 pm »

Hi to all,

this might have been answered already but I am getting confused with the results from the Search. So basically, I have a very simple question. I have a small collection of ancient coins that I want to bring to the USA from UK. I moved to the US recently and I am not sure whether my collection runs the danger of being stopped or seized at the border control. Do you have any advice on this? I miss my babies and I would like to have them here with me  Grin Grin

Thanks in advance.
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2019, 05:42:28 pm »

Maybe this could help :
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https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/322/kw/antique%20coins/session/L3RpbWUvMTU1ODQ4MTkzNi9zaWQvZmE4NWRqZm8%3D
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2019, 11:33:25 pm »

Dear Mar S and Board,

A lot depends on what kind(s) of ancient coins you are trying to import.  If they were struck in the UK or found there, then there will likely not be an issue with importing them into the US, but there will still be the matter of exporting them from Britain.  A lot of collectors and dealers don't realize it, but the proper way for such coins to leave Britain is with the blessing of an export permit/license (which are overall easy to acquire in many cases, but which can take time).  On the other hand, if the coins are clearly not of British origin, then no export documents are needed, which was a recent change if I recall correctly.  Importation in this case might be a tad trickier, however, if any of the coins happens to be a type that is restricted by an MOU between the US and another country like Italy or Greece, in which case an export permit and/or a good provenance would help greatly.  That being said, I can't remember if there is an actual requirement by the US for such evidence to travel with the coins, but I do know it is something that doesn't seem to concern the majority of the world's coin importers even now.        

Since the previous link concerned "gold coins, medals, and bullion," you may get more information out of this page:        

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/359/kw/importing%20antiques

Hope some of this helps.  


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Mark Fox
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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2019, 10:03:38 am »

Thank you very much for your replies. None of these coins have been struck (or probably found) in the UK-they almost all come from [REMOVED BY ADMIN] and they are relatively cheap imperial Roman-Byzantine bronze coins and crusader deniers.
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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2019, 10:10:44 pm »

If you ever return to the UK and want to bring the coins back with you, there may be some problems unless you can prove you owned them before you left. You might also want to consider this possibility.
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« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2019, 04:18:56 am »

I have the receipt printouts saved on my hard drive and ebay screenshots and sale confirmation emails so I think if the authorities want to launch an investigation on my 1500$ worth of not particularly rare low end coins (but still they are my babies Grin Grin) I think I will be able to defend myself. Grin. Thank for the additional advice.
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