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  • July 17, 2022 3:35 PM | Peter Tompa (Administrator)

    Effective July 14, 2022, the designated list for Cypriot coins was amended to include Byzantine and later coins that "circulated primarily" within Cyprus.  For details, see http://culturalpropertyobserver.blogspot.com/2022/07/cypriot-designated-list-expanded.html

  • July 07, 2022 9:05 AM | Randolph Myers (Administrator)

    On July 7, 2022 the ACCG filed comments with the Cultural Property Advisory Committee objecting to the proposed MOU with Libya as it impacts the importation of ancient coins  We raise one procedural objection, and five substantive objections, why import restrictions should not include ancient coins, except to the extent that it is an artifact that has been identified as looted from one of Libya’s World Heritage sites.   Details may be found here:

    https://www.regulations.gov/comment/DOS-2022-0015-0002

  • April 14, 2022 8:31 AM | Randolph Myers (Administrator)

    On April 14, 2022 the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild filed comments with the Cultural Property Advisory Committee objecting to the proposed MOU with the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as it impacts the importation of ancient coins.  We raise two procedural objections, and five substantive objections, why import restrictions should not include ancient coins.   Our comments can be found here:

    ACCG comments to CPAC on proposed restriction of Pakistan ancient coins (RMyers 4.13.2022).pdf

  • April 13, 2022 6:01 AM | Randolph Myers (Administrator)

    On April 11, 2022, the ACCG submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of State, regarding the Designated List of restricted ancient coins from Albania, that was published by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on March 17, 2022. We requested seven categories of documents, including the basis of their “determinations” to legally justify such restrictions, how the restrictions can legally apply to coins that circulated outside Albania, and how they considered the public comments earlier submitted to the Cultural Properties Advisory Committee.


  • March 21, 2022 2:57 PM | Peter Tompa (Administrator)

    Our guidance for the import of ancient coins to the United States has been moved to our home page making it easier to find and access.  It also can be found here:  https://accguild.org/Ancient-Coin-Import-Restrictions

    The latest version of the guidance includes information about new import restrictions on coins from Albania.  For additional details about these new restrictions, see here:  http://culturalpropertyobserver.blogspot.com/2022/03/import-restrictions-on-albanian-coins.html

  • February 21, 2022 10:22 AM | Randolph Myers (Administrator)

    Our FOIA administrative appeal contends that Customs and Border Protection does have such responsive documents, and we cite not only the agency's legal obligations under FOIA's text and caselaw to conduct thorough and reasonable searches but offered examples where such CBP documents exist.


  • February 03, 2022 6:10 PM | Peter Tompa (Administrator)

    We have updated our guidance for the import of ancient coins into the United States.  The update can be found here as well as under "Legislation" in the "Background" section of our website:  013122 Import Restrictions on Ancient Coins and Declarations for Legal Import .pdf

  • January 13, 2022 10:34 AM | Randolph Myers (Administrator)

    On January 13, 2022, the ACCG submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of State, regarding the Designated List of restricted ancient coins from Egypt, that was published by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on December 3, 2021. We requested eight categories of documents, including the basis of their “determinations” to legally justify such restrictions, how the restrictions can legally apply to coins that circulated outside Egypt, and how they considered the public comments earlier submitted to the Cultural Properties Advisory Committee.


  • January 11, 2022 8:53 AM | Randolph Myers (Administrator)

    On January 3, 2022, the ACCG submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of State, regarding the Designated List of restricted ancient coins from Greece, that was published by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on November 22, 2021. We requested seven categories of documents, including the basis of their “determinations” to legally justify such restrictions, how the restrictions can legally apply to coins that circulated outside Greece, and how they considered the public comments earlier submitted to the Cultural Properties Advisory Committee.


  • November 27, 2021 11:08 AM | Randolph Myers (Administrator)

    Our FOIA administrative appeal contends that our FOIA request, which was divided into three parts and contained almost two pages of supplementary information, did reasonably describe the records sought.  The two "art trade" members were recently posted as additions to the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, after the ACCG filed repeated complaints with Department of State and then to its Inspector General.  While the two "art trade" members purport to have expertise, however, there is nothing in the public record that they are "experts in the international sale of archaeological, ethnological, and other cultural property" as required by the Cultural Property Implementation Act.  Since the Act requires such members to be experts, and that appointments be made to ensure "fair representation" of the interests of various private sectors, the ACCG filed the FOIA request on November 26, 2021, seeking documents on how the two members qualified as experts and as "art trade" representatives.


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