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A sign of the times?

August 20, 2017 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Blogs, Coin Dealers, Collecting, Education, Foreign Policy, History, Investing, Legal, Legislation, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, World Coins

By: Wayne G. Sayles Ancient Coin Collecting (Wayne G. Sayles)

Over the past decade, collectors of ancient coins have been faced with constant pressure from left wing radicals of academia—particularly the archaeological community leadership and their sycophants. Among the ardent supporters of anti-collector groups are a small but well entrenched cadre of bureaucrats in Washington. The level of governmental infiltration by these cultural property nationalists—bent on eliminating or controlling international trade in cultural property—is in itself cause for some concern. History is replete with examples of ideology supplanting law and individual rights in a quest for social management. It has been the cause of more than… Full article at the source>

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Funding Terrorism

January 29, 2016 in Ancient Coins, Anthropology, Archaeology, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Foreign Policy, History, Investing, Legal, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

By: Wayne G. Sayles Ancient Coin Collecting (Wayne G. Sayles)

In the wake of the U.S. Senate’s Finance Committee passage of a bill “to protect and preserve international cultural property at risk due to political instability, armed conflict, or natural and other disasters, and for other purposes.” Every thinking American ought to give some serious thought to the part that includes “for other purposes”. The situation in Syria and Iraq is deplorable, but it is not going to be resolved by yellow journalism or poorly conceived import restrictions. Couched within this appeal for egalitarian protection of the past is a blatant and disgustingly sub-rosa agenda pushed incessantly… Full article at the source>

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Why you should care about restrictions on collecting ancient coins

April 10, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Foreign Policy, Numismatica, Numismatics, Petitions, Rare Coins, World Coins

April 8th, 2013 (http://coinsblog.ws) (blog by Scott)

In a test lawsuit filed by the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild (ACCG), the group sued the federal government over the granting of import restrictions and confiscation of coins that foreign government have declared cultural property. The suit filed by ACCG challenges recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the State Department and the cultural regulators of Cypress and China under the Convention on Cultural Property. On March 25, 2013, the case that ACCG appealed to the Supreme Court was denied a hearing (petition for certiorari).

Over the last few years, the Coin Collectors Blog has asked readers to signvarious petitions and write to the Department of State to stop restrictions on ancient coins. To understand why this is necessary, we have to understand why this is happening.

For a country to request import restrictions and confiscation of cultural property, they are required to send a letter to the State Department asking the United States to enter into an MOU to restrict the import and export of what the asking country considers cultural property as defined by the Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property 1970, often called the 1970 UNESCO Convention. The purpose of the the treaty was to stop archaeological pillaging and trafficking in cultural property. In other words, it would significantly hamper the career of Indiana Jones.

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