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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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FOIA suit filed against DOS

The ACCG is joined by IAPN and PNG in a complaint filed against the U.S. State Department Full story

Hiding the Ball

Is the State Department now Hiding the Ball from our Elected Representatives in Congress? A commentary by Peter K. Tompa regarding a recent State Department report. Full story

Slapdash Effort at DOS

A slapdash effort belies Cypriot claims that coins are significant to its heritage and that import restrictions will be applied only to coins first found in the ground in Cyprus. Full story

Import Restrictions Imposed on Cypriot Coins

On Monday July 16th the US State Department imposed restrictions on importation of ancient coins "of Cypriot types" issued prior to AD 235. Full story

Cypriot Ambassador disparages Ancient Coin Collecting while State Department sings the chorus

Dave Welsh, a member of the ACCG Board of Directors responds to a U.S. State Department announcement heralding the addition of coins to the list of imports restricted from Cyprus. Full story

ABA Committee Examines Collecting Chinese Art and Antiquities

A report by Peter K. Tompa on a recent panel discussion hosted by the American Bar Association's International Cultural Property Committee. Full story

AIA Backpedals on Iraq Museum Claims

The Archaeological Institute of America, which shamelessly fanned the flames of reported horrors at the Iraq Museum during hostilities in that country has now admitted publicly that the claims were greatly exaggerated, that there were mitigating circumstances to preclude U.S. military protection at the time and that many of the missing items have been recovered from within Iraq, not from the international market which was blamed extensively for the looting. The official press release follows: Full story

CPAC holds public hearing

The Cultural Property Advisory Committee held a public hearing on February 17, 2005 in regard to a request for import restrictions from the People's Republic of China. Full story

President Signs Emergency Protection for Iraqi Antiquities Act

Press release from the American Institute of Archaeology (AIA) announcing the signing of HR 1047 Full story