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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 files appeal of Baltimore decision

ACCG appeals Baltimore decision.

By Wayne G. Sayles |
September 21, 2011

The Baltimore test case launched by ACCG in 2009 was dismissed by Circuit Court judge Catherine Blake on August 8 of this year when the court ruled that it did not have review authority over a State Department decision and Customs and Border Protection regulations. These government actions imposed import restrictions on ancient coins from Cyprus and China by general type rather than identifiable find spot and ACCG responded by importing unprovenanced coins of these types and forcing their seizure to challenge those import restrictions. The basis for this dismissal has been carefully considered and the advice of counsel from many experts in this field led the ACCG Board of Directors on August 23rd to find sufficient cause and justification to authorize an appeal of the ruling.  

On September 20, 2011 the Washington firm of Bailey and Ehrenberg, PLLC filed a Notice of Appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.  A briefing schedule has been issued by the court with the opening brief due on 10/31/2011 and subsequent briefs due before the end of the year.

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