Preserving our freedom to collect


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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Balanced Views

  • Feb 01: Comments on "Who Owns the Past", Dorothy King
    Archaeologist Dorothy King comments in her personal blog about the book "Who Owns the Past", which presents the collector's view of cultural property issues.
  • Aug 22: Dave Welsh on Import Restrictions, Dave Welsh
    Unidroit-L discussion list founder and moderator Dave Welsh expounds on the issue of import restrictions in a letter to the Cultural Property Advisory Committee as it convenes to consider the request of Italy for an extension of import restrictions. Although coins were exempted from the original request five years ago, the potential for them to be added at this time has not been ruled out. Dave Welsh is Chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the ACCG.
  • Jul 01: Casualties of War: The truth about Baghdad Museum, Matthew Bogdanos, AJA
    A balanced discussion of the events surrounding the reported looting of the Baghdad Museum, prepared by Matthew Bogdanos, the U.S. special investigator assigned. Published in the American Journal of Archaeology.
  • Apr 01: Ancient Treasures for Sale, Steven Vincent,
    A brilliant analysis and summary of the cultural property issues being hotly contested these days. By Steven Vincent, author of "In the Red Zone" and victim of assasination in Iraq.
  • Apr 01: Iraq Museum,
    A factual summary of the events surrounding the looting of the Iraq Museum.
  • Apr 01: Through the Fog of War in Iraq: Lessons Learned in Heritage Preservation, Ann Hitchcock, The George Wright FORUM
    A downloadable pdf file of an excellent analysis from the George Wright Forum.
  • Apr 01: On-line auctions: a new venue for the antiquities market, Christopher Chippindale & David W. Gill
    Christopher Chippindale & David W. Gill examine the online auction venue and point out potential and real problems that can and do occur in an uncontrolled market.
  • Dec 01: State Department Advisory Committee Meets on Italian Request for Import Restrictions, Peter K. Tompa, The Celator
    A report on the original CPAC hearing of a request to impose import restrictions on cultural property.
  • May 01: Numismatics and the antiquities trade, Martin Beckmann, The Celator
    "I began to wonder just where all the coins currently on the market come from, and decided do some research and try to find out."
  • Apr 01: Conservation and the Antiquities Trade, Catherine Sease, JAIC
    A relatively open-minded discussion of questions concerning ethics in archaeology and conservation.
  • Apr 01: The Failed Promise of Public Archaeology, Michael E. Roberts, Society for American Archaeology
    A paper by archaeologist Michael E. Roberts delivered at the 1995 Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Minneapolis.