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Blog Profile / Ancient Coin Collecting

Filed Under:Collecting / Currency Collecting
Posts on Regator:143
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Archived Since:June 9, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Some things never seem to change

James Taylor Lewis (1819-1904) was born in Clarendon, New York and moved to Dodge County, Wisconsin in 1845. As a young lawyer, he served as District Attorney and County Judge before entering state politics. During a productive and popular...Show More Summary

CBG founder Michel Prieur RIP

Michel Prieur, founder and president of Compagnie Générale de Bourse (CGB) passed away last week in Paris leaving behind a legacy of important contributions to numismatics. His breadth of knowledge was most impressive and his passion for the hobby and trade was unsurpassed. Show More Summary

Bootleggers and Baptists

Living in rural southwestern Missouri (God's Country) we happen to be members of the Missouri Farm Bureau. This organization produces a quarterly membership publication called "Show Me". An editorial by MFB president Blake Hurst in the Winter 2014 issue caught my eye and struck a chord that I feel is worth sharing. Show More Summary

Reaching too far

The saga of Gantcho Zagorski brings to mind the baleful Kingston Trio song "Tom Dooley" where the accused accepted punishment in a faulted prosecution to avoid further anguish and heartache. The parallels are not exactly relevant, and Dula or "Dooley" paid a stiffer price, but the facts do have that sort of "ring" to them. Show More Summary

The Monuments Men

Unlike the ridiculous antics of Indiana Jones, the latest Hollywood foray into the cultural property arena has some genuine merit even if it is still, after all, entertainment. The Monuments Men is a belated tribute to genuine preservationists who were tremendously successful and are certainly deserving of this day in the Sun. Show More Summary

When the Dragon Wore the Crown - Book Review

Collectors and students of ancient coinage can hardly escape visual and epigraphical connections to mythology and astrology that constantly delight the eye and challenge the mind. Aside from political propaganda and the occasional appeal to social graces, no other subject appears so consistently on coins of antiquity. Show More Summary


A recent interview by Greg Laptevsky of Click on image or link above for full interview

New discovery?

An article posted December 2, 2013 in The Times of Israel caught my attention among many articles of interest in issue #825 of David Meadows' "Explorator". The headline "Oldest reference to Bohemian king found in Acre" was bolsteredShow More Summary

The Rubber Stamp of Injustice

In forfeiture proceedings currently before the District Court in Baltimore, the government has prompted genuine concern about the nature of justice in America today. Summarizing its reply to the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild's answer to the government's motion to strike the ACCG defense, United States Attorney Rod J. Show More Summary

If the shoe fits wear it

In a recent archaeo-blogger post by Paul Barford, cultural property nationalist Nigel Swift wrote: The level and vehemence and frequency of attacks on your character (and to a lesser extent mine) is of course astonishing but also instructive. Show More Summary

German Supreme Court ruling favorable to Ancient Coin Collectors

While U.S. Courts have consistently avoided hearing arguments about the validity of imposing trade restrictions on ancient coins, a German High Court has faced the issue head on and ruled definitively in a case involving coins.On October...Show More Summary

A Kinder and Gentler Paul Barford? to Cambridge archaeologist Helen Geake for apparently striking a chord of reason in the most unsuspected of places. Cultural property issues are always open to debate and philosophical adversaries are not always evil, as Mr. Show More Summary

Archaeologists entertain the views of private collectors

The Council for British Archaeology has published a paper on their digital journal web site that outlines the thoughts and concerns of private collectors. Issue No. 33 of Internet Archaeology includes a commentary by yours truly that...Show More Summary

From small acorns…. Ancient Coin Collectors on the steps of the Supreme Court

Some 50,000 Americans who call themselves Ancient Coin Collectors are hopeful that February 12, 2013 will be remembered by numismatic historians as an auspicious day. Washington bureaucracy broke with law and tradition in 2007 by imposing...Show More Summary

More from Barford about ACCG

In a recent blog post, Polish Archaeologist Paul Barford has offered yet another in a heartwarming string of compliments directed at the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild. Noting that the ACCG did not comment at the Cambodia MOU hearing,...Show More Summary

A rational voice in a sea of hyperbole?

On the Trafficking Cullture website, one reads that, "Trafficking Culture aims to produce an evidence-based picture of the contemporary global trade in looted cultural objects." I instinctively thought of the myriad sensationalized media...Show More Summary

Happy Holidays

I have many friends in the Ancient Coin Collecting community and the range of their religious beliefs is impressive, to say the least. Fortunately, at this time of year most religions see fit to recognize a holiday or "holy day" for one reason or another, not necessarily being the same. Show More Summary

Support from abroad

In a bold display of true Polish solidarity, archaeoblogger Paul Barford has joined with ancient coin collectors in criticizing U.S. State Department (DOS) actions in the cultural property arena. In a recent blogpost, Barford took the...Show More Summary

Coin Collectors and the Intellectual Landscape

The ever-thought-provoking Polish archaeologist, Paul Barford, used a phrase in one of his recent blogs that did cause for me a moment of reflection. "Here I am talking about the 'broader intellectual landscape' within which they ['coineys'] function...." It struck me as odd that Mr. Show More Summary

Barford calls on Coin Collectors to Study and Publish

In what to some ancient coin collectors might seem like a dramatic change of tack, archaeo-blogger Paul Barford has revealed that private collections can bear intellectual fruits and enrich the understanding of other disciplines, including archaeology. Show More Summary

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