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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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ACCG Brief filed in U.S. Court of Appeals

Guild argues that judicial review of bureaucratic action is necessary

By Wayne G. Sayles |
February 16, 2012

The Ancient Coin Collectors Guild has filed a reply brief in support of its appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, located in Richmond, Virginia.   The brief, prepared by Peter K. Tompa of Bailey & Ehrenberg, PLLC, responded to arguments the Government made in its own brief filed in January.  The Guild argued in its reply that the District Court had the duty to conduct a judicial review of the Government’s decisions to impose import restrictions on collectors’ coins. Despite the Government’s efforts to cast this dispute as one about diplomatic relations, the Guild emphasized that it only seeks judicial review of import restrictions on ancient coins.  The Guild also stated that there is no reason to consider import restrictions on coins to be “committed firmly to agency discretion.”  If laymen on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (“CPAC”) can apply the criteria of the CPIA to their own recommendations, certainly a court can do so as well.   Finally, the Guild again stated that the plain meaning of the “first discovery requirement” requires the Government to show that any restricted coins were found in either China or Cyprus after the date of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with those respective countries.  A PDF file of the brief may be viewed or downloaded at this Link.


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