Wednesday 8 February 2012

Lueke Lances Lanze: "Wie es ist in Yuropa"

Jorg Lueke ('Most Ancient Coins are Legal and Undocumented', A Historical Perspective, Tuesday, February 7, 2012) reckons:
In general, what Mr. Barford doesn't seem to understand is that [...] Since most coins, almost all coins, on the market are legal and do not have documentation there is no way to suddenly require documentation as proof of legality or even ethical collecting. It is just not a practical proposition. Within Europe an explanation of these matter can be seen here .
"Here" are three texts by Dr Hubert Lanze, a Munich-based coin dealer. These are a mixture of the usual coiney fluff about Petrarch and other such irrelevancies, but also (the document in English on the right hand side of the frame) a selective summary of what Lanze calls "three EU legal instruments which regulate the trade in cultural objects". They are of course not laws at all and are by no means the only directives and instruments that apply to this question. Lanze makes specific reference to the EEC Regulation (EEC No 3911/92) on the export of Cultural Goods and the EU Directive on the Return of Cultural Objects (Council Directive 93/7/EEC). However he does so in such a way that makes it appear that parts of text he "quotes" are part of these documents when they are not, and indeed contradict the text of the documents themselves. Whether this is by accident or design the reader can decide for themselves.

So, until I can find time to write comparing what Lanze says these documents say and what they actually do say, readers can choose whether to accept Lueke's assertion that the texts present "an explanation of these matters within Europe", or my assurance that they most certainly do not with any degree of accuracy. Unless, of course, the reader is not a limited-attention-span coiney and can actually use a search engine to look for themselves, just a mouse-click away. I do not expect Jorg Lueke will be joining you in such a quest.

Vignette: Münzenelfe mit lanze


Paul Zoetbrood said...

Hi Paul,

Perhaps a simple reference to a more recent EU document (published 2010) is more than enough?


Paul Zoetbrood

EN 30.3.2010 Official Journal of the European Union C 83/47


Article 34
(ex Article 28 TEC)
Quantitative restrictions on imports and all measures having equivalent effect shall be prohibited between Member States.
Article 35
(ex Article 29 TEC)
Quantitative restrictions on exports, and all measures having equivalent effect, shall be prohibited between Member States.
Article 36
(ex Article 30 TEC)
The provisions of Articles 34 and 35 shall not preclude prohibitions or restrictions on imports, exports or goods in transit justified on grounds of public morality, public policy or public security; the protection of health and life of humans, animals or plants; the protection of national treasures possessing artistic, historic or archaeological value; or the protection of industrial and commercial property. Such prohibitions or restrictions shall not, however, constitute a means of arbitrary discrimination or a disguised restriction on trade between Member States.


Paul Barford said...

Too many words. Coin collectors in the US want a nice simple summary, one that says they don't have to make ANY EFFORT AT ALL.

But thanks Paul for the link. I'll be writing about Dr Lanze (he's produced at least three documents like this in recent months) when I have time.

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