Hi everyone. I’m a US national in Lebanon wondering whether it’s possible to take ancient coins
out of the country. I recently bought three Hellenistic coins from an antiques store. The store owner told me that it was permissible to take coins out of the country, and that Lebanese antiquities
law did not concern small numbers of common coins.
them, some Google
searches have made me question the actual legal status. Lebanon seems to have strong antiquities
laws. But enforcement of the law isn’t always the same as what’s written, especially in Lebanon.
Does anyone have experience purchasing ancient coins
in Lebanon and taking them back home
? If it would be difficult to take them in checked airplane luggage, would sending them to myself by mail work
I don’t really feel ethical qualms about taking them because these are common Hellenistic coins, not museum quality
, purchased from a Lebanese person. I just want to avoid legal trouble. It's not possible for me to get a refund for the coins.