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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire…

September 2, 2017 in Ancient Coins, Archaeology, Art, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, Legal, Legislation, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Politics, Rare Coins, World Coins

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

The Committee for Cultural Policy has pointed out on several past occasions that exaggerated media reports, of Islamic State (ISIS) income from the sale of looted antiquities to art and coin collecting communities, are and have from the start been unfounded. The persistence of outright lies has cast a cloud over the credibility of several major media outlets and their academic “experts” who fed the flame for what is obviously an ideological anti-trade agenda. In their August 2017 newsletter, the CCP presents a report on the findings of a Dutch National Police investigation that flatly debunks… Full article at the source>

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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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Unintended Consequences

July 31, 2017 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Art, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, World Coins

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

Three years ago, coin collector and hobby advocate Scott Barman posted on his blog an insightful article about the nature of what others have described as ideologically inspired bureaucratic overreach. He named the post “An Ancient Dilemma” and discussed the issue of unintended consequences in an era of “hyper-partisanship”. Where other members of the coin hobby and trade—including myself on some occasions—have become understandably emotional on this topic, Mr. Barman exhibits a remarkable degree of restraint and appeals both to law and common sense. In the past several years, he has also written other pieces… Full article at the source>

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The Law and Ultra Vires

April 24, 2017 in Ancient Coins, Blogs, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

By: Wayne G. Sayles Ancient Coin Collecting

Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hilaire, an apologist for cultural property nationalists and a critic of private ownership and trade in cultural property, has posted on his blog a quite lucid history of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild (ACCG) experiences in District and Appellate Court over the past eight years. The post is surprisingly light on the editorializing or histrionics one might expect. It simply relates the facts and the positions of the two adversaries with reasonable clarity—as well as the judgement rendered. I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in cultural property issues.

That… Full article at the source>

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WGS Interview

February 28, 2017 in Ancient Coins, Archaeology, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, World Coins

By: Wayne G. Sayles Ancient Coin Collecting

http://blog.coinsupplyplanet.com/interview-wayne-sayles/

I recently came across an interview that I did a few years ago for CoinSupplyPlanet.com and thought it may be worth sharing here since it is still as relevant as the day it was recorded.

The full interview can be viewed and read at
http://blog.coinsupplyplanet.com/interview-wayne-sayles/ … Full article at the source>

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Archaeologists Question Media Sensationalism

October 18, 2016 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, Legislation, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Politics, US Government, USA Coins, World Coins

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

Ancient coin collectors in the United States had good reason to smile this past weekend. Archaeologist Paul Barford in his blog Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues joined a growing list of critics who believe that U.S. government officials are being swayed by false information. Specifically, Mr. Barford cites major media reports regarding ISIS funding as tainting a recent Congressional Homeland Security Committee Report with “outdated information, misrepresented statistics, and discredited figures.” He goes on to suggest that congressional staffers who authored the report “…searched for reports published in major media outlets without critically examining… Full article at the source>

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Steven Andrew Sayles 1964-2016

July 30, 2016 in Blogs, Collecting, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics

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

Steven Andrew Sayles was born in Gander, Newfoundland on March 14, 1964 to Wayne G. and Sharon L. (Greshay) Sayles. As a child, Steve had an inquisitive nature and was far more worldly than his years might have suggested. He was an avid collector of postage stamps from distant lands and was an amateur radio operator who logged conversations with fellow “Hams” in many foreign countries. He grew up with a global perspective, partly as the result of having been raised in a military family with its frequent relocations. After leaving Gander,… Full article at the source>

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An Intellectual Curiosity

March 3, 2016 in Ancient Coins, Anthropology, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Art, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Treasure, World Coins

By: Wayne G. Sayles Ancient Coin Collecting

“We treat all stakeholders with a vested interest in the site with the same intellectual curiosity, which means we interact with and learn from local populations, dealers, collectors, looters, government employees, archaeologists, museum professionals, tourists, and customs agents.”

Morag Kersal, Archaeologist and Assistant Professor at DePaul University

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2016/monitoring-looting-in-jordan-using-drones

Treating ancient coin collectors with intellectual curiosity is an interesting way for Professor Moreg to describe interaction with a learning discipline that is older than any university in the world. Some of the foremost names in international leadership, social justice, art, science, literature, philanthropy, commerce and virtually every other facet of life were… 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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Provenance: Nice but not Law

January 22, 2016 in Ancient Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, World Coins

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

As a result of persistent ideological proselytization, some elements and individuals within the Federal bureaucracy have come to believe that importation of common ancient coins manufactured in countries with which the U.S. has negotiated and signed a Memorandum of Understanding must be accompanied by “Provenance” showing the whereabouts of that item for some specified period of time. In fact, the governing law—Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act (CCPIA-1983)—never included this provision in either letter nor intent. The basis for this recent provenance fixation is unfounded. That is not to say that coin collectors do not value provenance,… Full article at the source>

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Leave it to the Experts

December 29, 2015 in Ancient Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Errors, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

Where in the world does the press come up with their “experts” on cultural property matters? The latest brazen show of ignorance appears in a citation by “leading world museums and the U.N. Cultural agency” in a supposedly expert warning distributed through a plethora of media outlets by Associated Press.

 The photo caption above describes an Islamic gold dinar of the Marinid dynasty as one of the cultural treasures from Libya that needs to be watched for. Unfortunately, the image accompanying this caption is a silver tetradracm of Nikis, a magistrate of Cyrene… Full article at the source>

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Ancient Artifact Smuggling now “impossible” in Egypt

August 19, 2015 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Indian Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, World Coins

http://www.thecairopost.com/news/156529/news/antique-coins-smuggling-attempt-foiled-by-cairo-airport-authorities

By:  Ancient Coin Collecting

A Cairo Post article of June 21, 2015 just came to our attention and seemed worthy of sharing.  The piece, titled “Antique coins      smuggling attempt foiled by Cairo airport authorities” heralds the arrest of an Italian passenger bound for London.  The “foiled       attempt” was confirmed to Cairo Post by Cairo airport security director Major general Ayman Abdel Fatah.  Five coins identified as “antique” Egyptian artifacts were reportedly confiscated… Full article at the source>

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CCPIA: Then and Now

May 7, 2015 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Blogs, Collecting, Education, History, Legal, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, US Government, USA Coins, World Coins

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The Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act of 1983 (CCPIA) has been in effect for more than 30 years and was massaged through the legislative process over a 13-year span. The fact that this law has withstood many challenges and is still regarded by most as a fair and well thought out piece of legislation, places it in a class with few parallels. The reason for that can surely be ascribed in part to a deliberative process in its creation that focussed intently on well articulated concerns from diverse interests.

Mark Feldman representing the U.S. State Department before… Full article at the source>

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