Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Looting Matters Asks Question of IAPN

Looting Matters points out in a post today ('Owner of IAPN member organisation charged?') that the firm Nomos AG, belonging to Peter A. Weiss is:
a member of the International Association of Professional Numismatists (IAPN) [see also here]. IAPN has apparently paid $100,000 over the last two years for lobbying services in the US. Will the IAPN clarify the situation about one of its apparent members? And have paid lobbyists in Washington received money from IAPN to oppose the inclusion of ancient coins in MOUs?
It seems to me that the questions raised about the US coin trade by the events of Jan 3rd will lead to a better understanding of what has been going on and help closer to define the boundaries between what is licit and illicit.

So, has the IAPN been funding the opposition to bilateral cultural agreements which regulate the import onto one of the largest sectors of the dugup antiquities market of fresh material without documentation of lawful export from a source country?

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