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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 seeks donations for 2nd Annual Benefit Auction

A 2nd annual Benefit Auction will be held in September of 2009

May 16, 2009

The Ancient Coin Collectors Guild might be compared to the legendary Dutch Boy with his finger in the dike. The antiquities trade has all but abandoned the cultural property battlefield, the museum industry has withered under constant attack from cultural property nationalists and ancient coin collecting faces a torrent of opposition. If the guild were to disappear, there would be no serious resistance to a virulent nationalist monopoly on everything ancient. Opponents of ancient coin collecting have the considerable weight of academic institutions and nationalist governments on their side.

However, private collectors have inherited a 600-year-old tradition and a very long track record of contributions to society. The Ancient Coin Collectors Guild will not concede our right to preserve, maintain, and enrich this tradition. The ACCG is a non-profit organization staffed entirely by volunteers. The guild has no employees and every dollar contributed to the guild goes directly to programs authorized by the guild bylaws and the elected Board of Directors. Annual dues, while an important component of the guild's revenue, do not provide the level of income necessary to support serious legal, public relations and educational programs. Last August, in response to a challenge from one of the guild's staunch supporters, an internet Benefit Auction was organized and held at The event raised an impressive $45,800 which was added in its entirety to the ACCG operational budget. The auction was photographed and catalogued through the generosity of John Lavender. Order processing was handled through the volunteered effort of John's wife Mary. The auction itself was hosted free of charge by Bill Puetz at Every item in the 2008 sale was donated by a collector or ancient coin dealer.

Encouraged by the success of last year's event, the guild will hold a 2nd Annual Benefit Auction at Vauctions in September of 2009 with a closing date to be announced soon. We hope to set a new benchmark with this year's auction and through it:
• increase the means to defend our noble hobby
• preserve the joys of ancient coin collecting for current numismatists, and
• support programs that preserve our hobby and educate future generations. 

My purpose in writing is to ask you as a numismatist to assist in the vitally important work of preserving collecting by making a donation to ACCG's annual coin auction.

Contributions of ancient coins, books or related items for this auction will be greatly appreciated and I implore you to think of your generosity as an investment in the future. If you have something of interest or value to contribute, please contact Wayne at or telephone 417-679-2142 for details. If you are ready to make a donation, please mail directly and as early as possible to John Lavender, P.O. Box 926, Watkinsville, GA 30677 and send him an email to let him know there is a package coming.

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