Their implication is that the "best repositories" for these coins are the cabinets of ACCG members.
As usual they miss the archaeological point. This discussion is not about ownership. It is about the protection of archaeological sites and cultural information.
Tompa's lack of a grasp on archaeological methodology is made clear in his comments to one of my recent postings:
Suffice to state, only ancient coins from "secure contexts," i.e. under flooring have any real use for dating purposes. Even then, the long periods of circulation of ancient coins makes them of much less use for dating than other artifacts, notably pottery shards.Are "floors" the only archaeological sites that can be considered to be "secure contexts"? Of course not.
Has he ever thought that "pottery shards" are often dated thanks to contexts in which coins have been found?
And has it struck the trio that the US Restrictions were about preservation?