Senator Bond accepts ACCG award
Senator Christopher "Kit" Bond (R-MO) has been recognized by the ACCG with its Friend of Numismatics award for his support of ancient coin collecting.
January 18, 2007
On January 11, 2007, the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild (ACCG) presented Senator Kit Bond (R-MO) and his staff its "Friend of Numismatics" award for support to collectors and the small businesses of the numismatic trade. The presentation, on behalf of the ACCG members and Board of Directors, was made at Senator Bond's Washington office by guild president Peter K. Tompa.
The ACCG is a non-profit organization headquartered at Gainesville, Missouri. Senator Bond offered his assistance when issues of transparency and fairness became apparent in U.S. State Department processing of a request from the People’s Republic of China for import restrictions on a wide variety of cultural artifacts. The Chinese request applies to objects dating from Neolithic times to as recently as 1911 and includes objects as common as ordinary coins. The requested restrictions would make the collecting of all but modern Chinese coins virtually impossible for American citizens. Senator Bond and his staff raised the concerns of his constituents, and the numismatic community at large, directly with high level officials of the State Department. In response, the State Department reopened a previously closed Freedom of Information Act request for details related to the purported inclusion of coins in the Chinese request.
While Chinese coins, according to State Department officials, are on the list of items China seeks to have embargoed, there are millions of such artifacts in existence and they are widely collected around the world, including within China itself. According to Tompa, a cultural property specialist in Washington DC, this led to questions about the fairness of the process and helped encourage a number of U.S. Senators and Representatives to address their concerns about the Chinese request to the State Department. As a result of these efforts, action on the request has been tabled. However, concerns about the process remain.
The ACCG, committed to promoting the free and independent collecting of coins from antiquity, includes over five hundred individual members as well as eighteen affiliated numismatic clubs from coast to coast.
Senator Kit Bond (left) accepts the ACCG Friend of Numismatics award from
guild president Peter K. Tompa.
The text of ACCG’s Commendation to Senator Bond follows:
The Friend of Numismatics Award
The Missouri-based Ancient Coin Collectors Guild is pleased to present Senator Kit Bond its Friend of Numismatics Award for outstanding constituent service. Senator Kit Bond and his staff, notably Karen Vlasaty-Smith, Mike Dubois and Stacy Burks, have brought the concerns of the small businesses and collectors that comprise the numismatic community to the highest echelons of the State Department charged with imposing import restrictions on cultural artifacts. Without Senator Bond’s intervention, it is likely that the State Department would have already embargoed the import of ancient Chinese Coins into the U.S. as “culturally significant” archaeological artifacts—even though ancient Chinese Coins are widely collected in China itself and the continued preservation and study of these numerous artifacts is dependent on collectors everywhere.
- state department
- friend of numismatics
- peter k. tompa
- christopher "kit" bond