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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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Note from ACCG president

The following note regarding the Cyprus request for import restrictions was forwarded by Peter K. Tompa, current president of the ACCG Board of Directors.

By Peter K. Tompa |
February 21, 2007

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

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