Far Eastern Customs Administration

Ussuriysk customs officers prevented ancient coins from leaving Russia

Published: May 14, 2024 05:10

27 coins from the 19th-XX centuries were prevented from being taken out of Russia by Ussuri customs officers. The antique coins were found in the possession of a Chinese citizen at the checkpoint of the IACP Kraskino

The coins were discovered using an X-ray machine during customs inspection of tourists’ luggage. Customs officers noticed the irregular size of the coins, which were in the wallet of one of the tourists. During the search of the wallet, the inspector found antique coins: 4 copper coins with a face value of 2 kopecks and 23 silver coins with a face value of 10, 15 and 20 kopecks

As explained by the citizen himself, he bought the coins for himself via the Internet, as he collects them. He did not know about the need to declare the coins and have authorization documents for export from Russia

The coins were sent for examination, which found that they were minted in the Russian Empire and the RSFSR in the period from 1810 to 1923 and are cultural values (created more than 100 years ago)

According to Andrei Selemenev, the head of the customs post of the Ussuriyskaya customs office at the MAPP Kraskino, cultural valuables can be exported from the territory of Russia by individuals with mandatory declaration and only with the permission of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation

On the fact of non-declaration in respect of the offender Ussuriysk customs initiated a case on administrative offense under part 1 of article 16.2 of the CAO RF. The man faces an administrative fine of up to two times the value of the goods with confiscation. Also under consideration is the issue of initiating proceedings on administrative offense of Art. 16.3 of the CAO RF (failure to comply with prohibitions and restrictions on the export of goods from the customs territory of the EEU and from the Russian Federation)

The coins were seized and an administrative investigation is underway.


Irina Kulchitskaya,

                                                           Ussuriyskaya Customs


(4234) 38 00 78