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New German Cultural Property Protection Act into effect

August 11, 2016 – On June 23, 2016 the German Bundestag (Federal Government) adopted the new German Cultural Property Protection Act, and on July 8, 2016 the Bundesrat (Federal Council) also approved. Now, the Federal President has also signed the law, which was published in the Federal Law Gazette on August 5. Therewith, the German Cultural Property Protection Act has come into effect on August 6.

You can read the German wording of the new German Cultural Property Protection Act here.

The following overview was published by the Office for Culture and the Media, specifying the valid age and value limits for export:

  Export from EU Export within EU
  Age Value  Age Value
1. Archaeological items 100 0 100 0
2. Parts of artistic and architectural monuments 100 0 100 0
3. Pictures and paintings 50 150,000 75 300,000
4. Watercolors / gouaches / pastel pictures 50 30,000 75 100,000
5. Mosaics / drawings  50 15,000 75 50,000
6. Engravings / prints / lithographs / posters  50 15,000 75 50,000
7. Sculptures 50 50,000 75 100,000
8. Photographs / films / negatives  50 15,000 75 50,000
9. Manuscripts 50 0 75 50,000
10. Books 100 50,000 100 100,000
11. Maps 200 15,000  200 30,000
12. Archives 50 0 50 50,000
13. a) Collections of specimens from zoological, botanical, mineralogical or anatomical collections 0 50,000 0 100,000
13. b) Collections of historical paleontological, ethnographic or numismatic interest 0 50,000 0 100,000
14. Means of transport 75 50,000 150 100,000
15. a) Any other antique item  50-100 50,000 100 100,000
15. b) Any other antique item  über 100 50,000 100 100,000

Caution: When exported to another EU country, coins are not considered archaeological items if they are available in a great number, if do not really add to archaeological knowledge and are not placed under protection by any EU member country as customizable individual objects. In this case it is not necessary to request any export permission. According to the decision of the Bundesfinanzgerichtshof (Federal Fiscal Court), the same applies for the export to non-EU countries. A classification of coins as archaeological items shall only apply if the relevant coins are not “mass-produced goods”.  

On the basis of the legislative text, the Associations of German Coin Dealers currently prepare a guideline for legally correct collecting in Germany. As soon as it is finished, CoinsWeekly will inform you.

CoinsWeekly conducted an interview with Ansgar Heveling, who talked about the impact of the new German Cultural Property Protection Act. 

CoinsWeekly also reported on the Bundestag debate on the German Cultural Property Protection Act.

Although many consider it not a matter to laugh about, our cartoonist Claire Franklin finds her own meaning in the new German Cultural Property Protection Act.

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