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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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Court denies motion for reconsideration; litigation to go forward

ACCG challenge of extralegal coin seizures continues in Baltimore Court.

By Peter K. Tompa |
February 04, 2015

After more than six months reviewing the issues raised by the ACCG, the Hon. Catherine Blake has on February 3rd issued an Order denying the Guild's motion for reconsideration of the court's earlier striking of the Guild's Amended Answer. That Amended Answer set forth the Guild's view that the government could not establish that the coins the Guild imported in this case were illicitly excavated in Cyprus or China.   The Guild strongly believes that the plain meaning of CPIA Section 2610 requires the government to prove any artifacts it seeks to forfeit were first discovered within and subject to the export control of the country for which import restrictions were granted.  The Guild views any effort to shift this congressionally mandated burden of proof from the government as a serious due process violation.  The Guild will continue to assert its rights to due process on its own behalf and on the behalf of collectors everywhere in the ongoing litigation and, if necessary, on appeal.  

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