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ACCG Board adopts Code of Ethics

The Board of Directors of ACCG has agreed on a uniform Code of Ethics for Collectors and Sellers of ancient coins.

August 10, 2005

At a formal meeting of the Board of Directors at New York, NY on January 15, 2005 the ACCG officially adopted a Code of Ethics for “Collectors” and “Sellers” of ancient coins. The private collecting community has long been in need of a national organization and of a stated code of ethics by which members of the fraternity ought to abide. The code, as adopted, includes the following points:

1. Coin Collectors and Sellers will not knowingly purchase coins illegally removed from scheduled archaeological sites or stolen from museum or personal collections, and will comply with all cultural property laws of their own country.

2. Coin Collectors and Sellers will protect, preserve and share knowledge about coins in their collections.

3. Coin Sellers will not knowingly sell modern forgeries of ancient coins, and all ancient counterfeits or Renaissance type copies will be clearly identified as such.

4. Coin Sellers will disclose all known defects, including tooling, re-engraving or reconstruction of coins they sell.

5. Coin Sellers will not misrepresent the value of coins they buy or sell.


The ACCG Board of Directors also agreed that the standards of conduct of museum professionals and archaeologists ought to include certain issues like conservation, publishing responsibilites, respect for private ownership and public access. These concerns will be communicated to the appropriate organizations or associations in the form of an ACCG petition for consideration.

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