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Remember this from 2017? Advice from a well-known detectorist on how to send coins abroad…. “It helps to mark the envelope ‘Numismatic Specimen’ rather than ‘roman coin’ thus helping to deflect the attention of prying eyes.” It’s not hard to guess why “prying eyes” would be unwelcome. We had hoped PAS and The Treasure Registrar would have reacted.

But no, and now, 2 years later, he has repeated it: Whenever sending cultural goods aboard, particularly coins, ALWAYS mark the envelope, correctly and truthfully, as Numismatic Specimens. This helps deflect the unwanted attentions of prying eyes and those with criminal intent.”

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Let’s hope that this time, belatedly, PAS and The Treasure Registrar will take note and warn landowners and HM Revenue & Customs about this “advice” and the behaviour of some detectorists.

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