Is it permissible to sell old coins in India?


Whether selling old coins in India is legal depends on several factors:

Age and rarity of the coins:

  • Antique coins (over 100 years old): Selling or exporting antique coins requires a license from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) under the Antiquities and Art Treasures Act, 1972.
  • Non-antique coins: Generally legal to sell, but restrictions may apply depending on their historical or cultural significance.

Type of coin:

  • Coins with historical or cultural significance: Some specific types of coins, even if not formally declared antiques, may be protected by the ASI. Research or consultation with experts is recommended.
  • Modern or commemorative coins: Generally legal to sell without any restrictions.

Platform for selling:

  • Online marketplaces: Some platforms may have restrictions on selling coins, so check their terms and conditions before listing.
  • Local markets or auction houses: Generally allowed, but ensure you understand the legality of the coins you are selling.

General considerations:

  • Counterfeit coins: Selling fake coins is illegal and can lead to penalties.
  • Misrepresentation: Any misrepresentation of a coin's age, rarity, or value is illegal and can have legal consequences.
  • Tax implications: Depending on the value and nature of the transaction, taxes may apply.

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