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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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Can We Help This Museum?

A small museum in the U.K. needs help saving a group of ancient coins with local significance. - - - UPDATE!! The Friends of the Stroud Museum have now raised sufficient funds to purchase the coins cited in this article. To be able to respond to similar appeals, the ACCG has established a Museum Fund. See related article under "News".

May 23, 2009

As collectors and dealers we all benefit from the sensible laws in England governing coin finds and we support the voluntary reporting of metal detector finds.

In 2004, nine fourth century silver coins were found by a detectorist at Nailsworth, near Stroud, Gloucestershire. The coins are currently in a temporary display at the Stroud Museum in the Park, which will close on April 26th.

The museum has launched an appeal to be able to buy the coins, which have been valued at £450. The museum has an annual budget of only about £100 for the purchase of all finds! Most private collectors could hardly imagine such a small amount to devote to their collection each year, so it is understandable why this museum has to rely on donations and voluntary help in order to survive.

We can be sure that the coins will be put on display and the local people will enjoy seeing them in the years to come. With the large national museums, such a find would undoubtedly be stored away from view and perhaps never seen again.

This is an ideal opportunity for us to support these laws and the good practice of voluntary reporting by giving something back.

You can read the news report here:

The details of the temporary exhibition are here:

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