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ACCG & Art Loss Register sign cross cooperation agreement

The ACCG has entered an agreement with Art Loss Register that will provide a substantial benefit to collectors who have been victimized by theft.

August 14, 2006

Under the terms of a Cross Cooperation Agreement between the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild and The Art Loss Register Ltd., the London based recovery specialists will waive the customary $35 per item registration fee for ACCG members for a one year period. The Art Loss Register (ALR) is the world's largest private international database of lost and stolen art, antiques and collectibles that provides recovery and search services to collectors, the art trade, insurers and law enforcement through technology and a professionally trained staff of art historians. The company was formed in 1991 through a partnership between leading auction houses and art trade associations, the insurance industry and the International Foundation for Art Research. Since then, they have recovered over 1000 items with a value of over UKP 75/$100 million.

Both ACCG and ALR are committed to increasing general awareness of the growing trade in stolen coins and promoting counter initiatives to abate it. ALR maintains a computerized register of objects that is searchable online and presently includes about 1,000 coins. ALR hopes to expand that database considerably. It is a useful and efficient way for buyers to exercise due diligence in purchasing art and artifacts.

To report a missing or stolen coin or collection, the ACCG member will complete a standard Art Loss Register form and provide details about the theft including descriptions, grade and images in a medium reasonably acceptable to Art Loss. The ACCG member must also provide their ACCG membership number. The firm provides a recovery service at rates ranging from 15 to 20% under a contract directly with the member. To contact ALR about reporting a loss, write to Art Loss Register, 20 East 46th Street, Suite 1402, New York NY 10017 or Telephone +1 212 297 0941, Fax: +1 212 972 5091. Email:

For additional information or to search the Art Loss Register database, go to http://www/ .

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