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Blog Profile / Ancient Coin Collecting

Filed Under:Collecting / Currency Collecting
Posts on Regator:154
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Archived Since:June 9, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Media rush to judgement challenged

Chasing Aphrodite blogger Jason Felch surely surprised some in the world of Archaeobloggers and Cultural Property Nationalists when he recently challenged a rash of sensationalized media claims on the part of "scholars" and "experts". Show More Summary

MORE that "the scholars said"

Annointed scholar David Knell expressed an erudite opinion on a recent Paul Barford blog regarding the prices realized at a recent auction of artifacts owned by the St. Louis Society, a chapter (at least at the moment) of the American...Show More Summary

"...the scholars said."

The international media has long been challenged in its ability to print the truth, whole truth and nothing but the truth, but a new pinnacle of absurdity has been achieved in a so-called news report on "RT News". The report plays on public ignorance and seeks to inflame reader passions with outrageous claims about cultural property looting in Syria. Show More Summary

On Second Thought—a chance for rule of law?

The SAFE endorsement of Britain's Article 11c of Council Regulation (EU) No 36/2012 at first blush might seem lacking in forethought. Here we have major cultural sites being demolished wholesale by civil war in Syria and Britain responds by prohibiting import, export and transfer of Syrian antiquities that would be preserved by caring collectors. Show More Summary


The trials and tribulations of ancient coin collectors today are nothing short of Kafkaesque. Almost 100 years ago, Franz Kafka wrote the short story below. We share it here because it will resonate so profoundly with many friends and associates in the numismatic world. Show More Summary

Daily Record: Five years on, test case on coins tries USAO's patience

The Daily Record, a news service for Maryland based business and legal professions, ran an interesting report about the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild forfeiture case in its July 13, 2014 issue. This test case is described in numerous news items at the guild website. Show More Summary

A Shot in the Foot

Archaeologist Paul Barford, a self-appointed spokesperson for the archaeological lobby and crusader for the views of Cultural Property Nationalists, is well known to those who follow cultural property matters in cyberspace. The typically...Show More Summary

Vested Interests

In the comments section of a recent Biblical Archaeology Review article there is a post that some with an interest in Cultural Property management might find interesting. The article has generated 56 comments from the public and still counting. Show More Summary

State Department MOU hearing leaves room for optimism

The public session of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee hearing to consider a potential Memorandum of Understanding with Egypt (June 2nd) has drawn considerable interest among the regular pontificators on both sides of the issue. Show More Summary

New School Archaeology

As the State Department hearing on a proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Egypt approaches, comments have appeared online espousing divergent points of view. Readers of this blog will naturally be most familiar with the views of private collectors and independent scholars. Show More Summary

Open Letter from Dr. Alan Walker to Dr. Jane DeRose Evans

Dear Professor Evans,I was recently sent a copy of the letter you sent in support of the proposed MOU with Egypt.I wonder if I might ask you for some clarifications?You speak about the "Coinex Hoard" of Egyptian AE (published and commented...Show More Summary

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

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