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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 Gains Amicus Support for Appeal

By Peter K. Tompa |
July 13, 2017

The Guild has asked the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn an order forfeiting fifteen (15) of the coins the Guild imported for purposes of its case to test import regulations.

The Guild has argued that the district court could not assume away important elements of the government’s case merely because its coins were of types subject to import restrictions.  Under the Convention for Cultural Property Implementation Act, the government may only seize and forfeit archaeological and ethnological objects “first discovered within” and “subject to export control by” specific countries.  And even then, the government must make some showing that the articles left that country after the effective date of those regulations.  Here, at most, all the government showed was that the coins were of types on the “designated lists” for Cyprus and China.

The Guild also argued that evidence that the underlying decision was marred by conflicts of interest undercut the district court’s ability to rely on that decision making to assume away elements of the government's forfeiture case.   

The Guild also argued that the district court improperly precluded its expert witnesses from testifying.

Six trade and collectors groups filed briefs supporting the Guild’s appeal:  (1) American Numismatic Association; (2) Association of Dealers and Collectors of Ancient and Ethnographic Art; (3) Committee for Cultural Policy; (4) Global Heritage Alliance; (5) International Association of Professional Numismatists and (6) the Professional Numismatists Guild. 

The Guild’s brief can be accessed here.

The Amicus briefs can be accessed here and here.  

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