ANCIENT COIN COLLECTORS GUILD

Jordan

March 14, 2022 11:22 PM | Sue McGovern-Huffman (Administrator)

Effective Date: February 5, 2020

Source: 85 Fed. Reg. 7204 (Feb. 7, 2020),

The Designated List is as follows:

The restrictions on coins include:

10. Coins—Some of the best-known types include:

a. Nabataean—Coins in silver, lead, copper or bronze and struck at Petra.

They typically have cornucopiae or wreaths on the reverse and portrait of

the ruler or rulers on the obverse.

b. Roman Provincial—Coins in silver and bronze were struck through the

third century A.D. at Roman and Roman provincial mints of Abila (Abel), Adraa (Daraa), Charachmoba (Al-Karak), Dium, Esbous (Heshbon), Gadara (Umm Qais), Gerasa (Jerash), Medaba (Madaba), Pella, Petra, Philadelphia (Amman), Rabbathmoba (Aroer) Capitolias/Dion (Beit Ras), and Raphana. This type also includes the pseudo-autonomous coinage of the second and first centuries B.C.

c. Byzantine—Coins in bronze and struck at the Arab-Byzantine mint of Aylah/Elath (Aqaba).

d. Early Islamic—Coins in bronze or silver and struck at the Umayyad mints of Adraa (Daraa), Gerasa (Jerash), Philadelphia/Rabbath-Ammon (Amman) and under the Abbasids at Philadelphia/ Rabbath-Ammon (Amman). These coins are epigraphic in design, featuring one or more lines of Arabic script. Some Abbasid bronze coins from Philadelphia/Rabbath-Ammon (Amman) feature a small flower-like design in the center of one side.

e. Crusader—These coins appear as thin, light-weight, low-quality-silver billon. Examples usually feature crosses and/or crude portraits or buildings as central images.

Comment: This list again includes coins that circulated in quantity outside of the confines of modern-day Jordan. Moreover, restrictions were imposed despite open sales of coins at the archaeological site of Petra as well as an annual numismatic bourse in Amman. If Jordan wants tourists to visit, it should encourage sales of such common material rather than expect CBP to seize such material purchased by tourists on their return to the United States.


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