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The Ancient Coin Collectors Guild has become a driving force in the ongoing effort to protect coin collectors and museums in which coins are stored from being forced to give up these items to foreign governments under the premise the coins are the cultural patrimony of the claimant nation. — Richard Giedroyc, World Coin News April 26, 2010

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Import Restrictions Implemented on Iraqi Coins

A cultural antiquities protection act passed as an "emergency" measure in 2004 is just now being implemented by State Department bureaucrats. Full story

Bogdanos "Thieves of Baghdad" reviewed

Peter K. Tompa, a Washington attorney specializing in cultural property issues, reviews the recently released chronicle by Matthew Bogdanos about Baghdad Museum looting during the invasion of Iraq. This review was originally published in the March 2006 issue of The Celator. Full story

Fax Wizard Now Open for HR 915 Comment

HR 915, the Cultural Conservation of the Crossroads of Civilization Act is currently being considered in the Trade Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee. Concerned collectors may comment through the ACCG Fax Wizard. Full story

AIA Backpedals on Iraq Museum Claims

The Archaeological Institute of America, which shamelessly fanned the flames of reported horrors at the Iraq Museum during hostilities in that country has now admitted publicly that the claims were greatly exaggerated, that there were mitigating circumstances to preclude U.S. military protection at the time and that many of the missing items have been recovered from within Iraq, not from the international market which was blamed extensively for the looting. The official press release follows: Full story

President Signs Emergency Protection for Iraqi Antiquities Act

Press release from the American Institute of Archaeology (AIA) announcing the signing of HR 1047 Full story

"Looted" coins found

Widely publicized looting of the Kabul Museum collection turns out to be one more case of disinformation. Full story

HR-1047 Passes -- Now What?

This week, HR-1047 received final approval in the legislature and was forwarded to the President for signing. Full story