The following note regarding the Cyprus request for import restrictions was forwarded by Peter K. Tompa, current president of the ACCG Board of Directors.
Thanks to all who wrote the Cultural Property Advisory Committee to outline their concerns about the last minute request of Cyprus seeking import restrictions on coins of potential Cypriot origin. The ACCG fax wizard recorded almost 1100 letters outlining such concerns and we understand that many others also wrote separately in the exceptionally short 10 day comment period that was allowed following a protest about the lack of notice. The traffic was so great at one point that the State Department fax machine was having difficulty keeping up. Unfortunately, we will probably not know until July whether our efforts will convince the State Department not to depart from the current exemption for coins from import restrictions.
Peter K. Tompa