HR 915, the Cultural Conservation of the Crossroads of Civilization Act is currently being considered in the Trade Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee. Concerned collectors may comment through the ACCG Fax Wizard.
HR 915 is basically a clone of the Iraq bill introduced two years ago by Congressman English of Pennsylvania. The Iraq bill (in a virtually identical Senate version) passed and was signed into law last November. The provisions of that bill have not yet been implemented. HR 915 proposes to restrict the importation of cultural property, including ancient coins, that may have originated in Afghanistan. This bill is being opposed by the ANA, the IAPN, the PNG, the ICTA, a majority of the trustees of the ANS and of course by the ACCG. Comments for entry into the congressional record were accepted until September 2, 2005. It is still appropriate, however, for U.S. citizens to let their legislators know how they feel about this bill. That can be done easily, and without any cost whatever, simply by clicking on the picture of the Capitol Building at the left side of this page.
The process is simple, with clear instructions, and literally takes only a few minutes. You don't even need to know your representative's name. Just type in your zip code and the fax wizard will identify your representative for you and automatically address the correspondence. Sample letters are provided for those who can't find quite the right words, or you can wax eloquently in your own style. When you have finished entering your comment, the fax wizard will send your message to Washington by fax and will send you a copy by email if you wish. If you have any interest in collecting ancient coins, you owe it to yourself to comment here.