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ACCG Files FOIA Requests on Bulgarian MOU

ACCG files FOIA request

By Peter K. Tompa |
January 17, 2014

The ACCG has filed Freedom of Information Requests with the State Department and US Customs with regard to the new restrictions on on all Celtic, Greek, Roman,  Bulgarian and Byzantine Imperial, and Ottoman coins made in Bulgaria as recently as 1750.  This is another major expansion of import restrictions, and one that for the first time extends such restrictions onto coins made as recently as the 18th c.   Once again, this decision was made despite the fact that many of these coins circulated extensively outside of Bulgaria and are widely collected and traded not only in the EU, but in Bulgaria itself.  Moreover, in doing so, State ignored 70% of the public comment posted on the regulations.gov website that were opposed to either the MOU or the extension of restrictions to coins.   The ACCG is particularly interested in learning the basis for the State Department’s apparent conclusion that all coins produced in Bulgaria from ancient times to 1750 must be considered local issues that only circulated within the confines of the modern Bulgarian nation state.

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