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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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CPAC invites comments on Italy request

The Cultural Property Advisory Committee will receive public comments related to the request for extension of import restrictions from Italy.

August 14, 2005

On September 8, the Cultural Property Advisory Committee will consider a request from Italy to extend the Import Restrictions currently in effect on cultural property originating from that country. There have been indications that an attempt will be made to add coins to the list of restricted items. Coins were exempted from the original request five years ago. Several requests to the State Department for clarification on this point have failed to produce a definitive answer. We must therefore assume that coins are on the table for consideration.

Anyone who collects Roman coins will immediately recognize the gravity of this issue from a collector's perspective. Even though many Roman coins never saw the light of day in Italy, they could be detained or confiscated by customs agents who are not able to distinguish their true origin. Roman coins were produced in the millions and identical types were issued throughout the entire Roman world. It is exceedingly important that the numismatic community voice its objection at this time to import restrictions on collectable coins. If you have somehow survived the past year without hearing about the attacks on private collecting, there is a wealth of information on the subject available at the ACCG web site.

The Ancient Coin Collectors Guild hosts an online Fax Service expressly for this purpose. The Fax Wizard provides all of the information necessary for an individual to comment and it is very easy to use. It is activated for specific ACCG campaigns. Simply go to the ACCG web site at and click on the picture of the Capitol Building at the left side of the screen. You will find simple instructions and three sample letters to cut and paste. Or, if you wish, you can create your own letter in the space provided. The message is then sent automatically by fax to the Chairman of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee. It takes only a few minutes, it is entirely free and is clearly the best way to make an impact on the decision makers who will decide this issue.

The CPAC window for comment closes on August 24th, so PLEASE make your comments now. Only one submission per person for each campaign is allowed via this service. If you care about the future of private collecting, please encourage everyone within your sphere of influence to comment and to do it NOW. This is a serious issue that we simply cannot take lightly.

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