Coin Collecting And Archeology

Coin Collecting and Archeology. Coin collecting and archeology go hand in hand. Archeologists are not fond of the link between themselves and coin collecting, and they are doing everything they can these...

Archeologists are not fond of the link between themselves and coin collecting, and they are doing everything they can these days to distance themselves from collectors. In fact there is a strong movement today to eliminate private collecting of antiquities, which is anything over 100 years old basically. Historically speaking, archaeology and ancient coin collecting have gone hand and hand up until the past 20 years or so. In the 1980s, I participated with some archaeologists in universities around the country where it was not uncommon to find a private collector and an archeologist speaking from the same podium on the same topic in the same day. Archeologists as a group do not distance themselves from private collectors, but many do. Many are verbal and powerful and feel that the looting of archeological sites fosters a market for the materials. They think that by eliminating the market for the materials, we will eliminate the looting. It doesn't take much life experience to realize that will not work. It didn't work during the depression with the prohibition of alcohol. There is legislation being introduced in the US Congress to put restrictions or prohibitions on the collecting of ancient coins, and of course a collective response to that. I am an executive director of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild, which was formed specifically to nurture the hobby and protect it against the source of tax.

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