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ACCG Benefit Auction Nets $32,000+

Successful auction strengthens ACCG resources

September 25, 2009

The 2nd Annual ACCG Benefit Auction, Closing on Thursday, September 24, garnered slightly more than $32,000 in proceeds after final bids on multiple item (Dutch Auction) lots were tallied. The sale consisted of 197 items offered without reserve. Nearly two thousand bids were executed during the sale and all lots were sold, many at prices well above estimate. As in every auction, bargains also appeared and some lucky buyers were able to acquire desirable coins and books at substantial discounts.

The sale venue was donated again this year by VAuctions.com with photography and cataloguing donated by the firm of Sayles and Lavender and fulfillment/shipping contributed by Mary Lavender. Auction items were by generously donated some 40 private collectors, dealers and friends of the ACCG. The entire proceeds of this sale will be go directly to support of ACCG operations, centered primarily on the guild's legal fund. The personal appreciation of the guild Board of Directors is extended to all who helped organize and execute this sale, as well as those who participated. All of the principal organizers of this event have graciously expressed a willingness to conduct a Benefit Auction in 2010. Donations for next year's sale may be sent to John Lavender - ACCG, P.O. Box 926, Watkinsville, GA 30677 at any time between now and then. Any last minute donations that did not make it into the 2009 sale will be incorporated into the 2010 sale.

The ACCG is presently engaged in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the U.S. State Department in an effort to penetrate that department's widely recognized and long standing wall of secrecy regarding cultural property issues. The guild is also in the process of contesting import restrictions on ancient coins from Cyprus and China.

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