Wednesday 4 April 2012

Special ACCG Offer: Ancient Coins only a Dollar Each!

Wayne Sayles ('End the Unilateral Trade Sanctions on Collectors' 4th April 2012) has extended to the readers of the Huffington Post an extraordinarily generous offer on behalf of the dealers affiliated to the ACCG.

These dealers all hold that the import restrictions placed on certain coins by the four US bilateral cultural property agreements (Cyprus, China, Italy and Greece) are unreasonable when they apply to "the most common of cultural goods" which were "actual legal tender designed to trade hands in high volume worth as little as one dollar". They penalise U.S. citizens and "even kids and seniors are caught up in the bureaucracy".

Therefore in order to support his " call to arms for coin collectors across the U.S." any ACCG - affiliated dealer will over the period of the ACCG recruitment drive sell any collector or dealer with American citizenship, and below the age of 18 and above the age of 65 an example of the types of coins listed on the US MOUs for only one dollar. Yes, that is what the man says, you can buy all these coins for a dollar (postage/shipping not included). If you ask nicely you will even get a certificate of authenticity and maybe even a skeletal collecting history. All ACCG dealers of course abide by the ACCG code of ethics and standards of quality.

 The numismatic industry in America is - Sayles says - collapsing, help save the industry, buy a few coins "worth as little as a dollar" and help ACCG members and V-Coins dealers feed their starving children and save them from having to have their pets put down because they can no longer feed them.

Here is a list of all the coins on the designated list that Wayne Sayles has announced in the Huffington Post can now be bought for as little as a dollar:

Greece:  "Greek Silver Coins-
small denomination coins of the city-states of Aegina, Athens, and  Corinth, and the Kingdom of Macedonia under Philip II and Alexander the Great.
all denominations of coins struck by the other city-states, leagues, and kingdoms that operated in the territory of the modern Greek state (including the ancient territories of the Peloponnese, Central Greece, Thessaly, Epirus, Crete, and those parts of the territories of ancient Macedonia, Thrace and the Aegean islands that lie within the boundaries of the modern Greek state). Approximate date: 6th century B.C. to late 1st century B.C.
Roman Coins Struck in Greece-In silver and bronze, struck at Roman and Roman provincial mints that operated in the territory of the modern Greek state (including the ancient territories of the Peloponnese, Central Greece, Thessaly,  Epirus, Crete, and those parts of the territories of ancient Macedonia, Thrace and the Aegean islands that lie within the boundaries of the modern Greek state). Approximate date: late 2nd century B.C. to 3rd century A.D.
 Coins of Cypriot Types Coins of Cypriot types made of gold, silver, and bronze including but not limited to: 1. Issues of the ancient kingdoms of Amathus, Kition, Kourion, Idalion, Lapethos, Marion, Paphos, Soli, and Salamis dating from the end of the 6th century B.C. to 332 B.C. 2. Issues of the Hellenistic period, such as those of Paphos, Salamis, and Kition from 332 B.C. to c. 30 B.C. 3. Provincial and local issues of the Roman period from c. 30 B.C. to 235 A.D. Often these have a bust or head on one side and the image of a temple (the Temple of Aphrodite at Palaipaphos) or statue (statue of Zeus Salaminios) on the other.

Italy F. Coins of Italian Types— 1. Lumps of bronze (Aes Rude)—Irregular lumps of bronze used as an early medium of exchange in Italy from the 9th century B.C. 2. Bronze bars (Ramo Secco and Aes Signatum)—Cast bronze bars (whole or cut) used as a media of exchange in central Italy and Etruria from the 5thcentury B.C. 3. Cast coins (Aes Grave)—Cast bronze coins of Rome, Etruscan, and Italian cities from the 4th century B.C. 4. Struck coins—Struck coins of the Roman Republic and Etruscan cities produced in gold, silver, and bronze from the 3rd century B.C. to c. 211 B.C., including the ‘‘Romano-Campanian’’coinage. 5. Struck colonial coinage—Struck bronze coins of Roman republican and early imperial colonies and municipia in Italy, Sicily, and Sardinia from the 3rd century B.C. to c. A.D. 37. 6. Coins of the Greek cities—Coins of the Greek cities in the southern Italian peninsula and in Sicily (Magna Graecia), cast or struck in gold, silver, and bronze, from the late 6th century B.C. to c. 200 B.C.
China Coins. a. Zhou Media of Exchange and Tool-shaped Coins: Early media of exchange include bronze spades, bronze knives, and cowrie shells. During the 6th century BC, flat, simplified, and standardized cast bronze versions of spades appear and these constitute China's first coins. Other coin shapes appear in bronze including knives and cowrie shells. These early coins may bear inscriptions. b. Later, tool-shaped coins began to be replaced by disc-shaped ones which are also cast in bronze and marked with inscriptions. These coins have a central round or square hole. c. Qin: In the reign of Qin Shi Huangdi (221-210 BC) the square-holed round coins become the norm. The new Qin coin is inscribed simply with its weight, expressed in two Chinese characters ban liang. These are written in small seal script and are placed symmetrically to the right and left of the central hole. d. Han through Sui: Inscriptions become longer, and may indicate that inscribed object is a coin, its value in relation to other coins, or its size. Later, the period of issue, name of the mint, and numerals representing dates may also appear on obverse or reverse. A new script, clerical (lishu), comes into use in the Jin. e. Tang: The clerical script becomes the norm until 959, when coins with regular script (kaishu) also begin to be issued.
 As a matter of interest, a search on V-coins at the moment reveals no ancient coins whatsoever  on sale there for a dollar, just five tiny cruddy ones between one and two dollars (though looking a bit dodgy) and very few even for three whole dollars. So hurry, hurry and take advantage of Mr Sayles' offer.

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