Sol_Invictus Posted February 12 · Member Share Posted February 12 As an American collector I have been trying to keep up with, and comply with, the various US import restrictions on ancient coins. To that end I have found the Ancient Coin Import Restrictions list maintained by the ACCG to be an invaluable reference. Since there is no mention there of restrictions on Iranian coins, I have assumed that Persian or Islamic coins minted in what is now Iran are unrestricted. Recently I was reading through the Auction Terms on biddr for Timeline Auctions, and came across a note that "Auction lots ... of either Persian or Iranian origin are subject to United States trade restrictions which currently prohibit their import into the US, without exception." A quick search reveals that indeed US CBP has seized Iranian antiquities, and that the basis for this appears to be the general embargo on importing anything from Iran into the US. Presumably this law is meant to prevent money from flowing into the Iranian economy, so it's a bit surprising that it could be used to prevent import of antiquities or coins that may have left Iran long before the current regime came to power. Does anyone know more about this? Is there a restriction on importing Persian/Iranian coins into the US? 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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