Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Owner of IAPN member organisation charged?

Concerned numismatists have been in touch to point that Arnold Peter C. Weiss, who is reported to have been arrested and charged in New York City on January 3, 2012, should no longer be described as a "coin collector".

If the authors of Chasing Aphrodite are right to link Weiss with a hand surgeon at Brown University who states on his work website that he "serves as Trustee of the American Numismatic Society (New York)" then further questions need to be asked.

Coin World has indicated that Weiss is a "partner in Nomos AG" of Switzerland. The website of Nomos AG states "the firm itself and its invaluable photo file was acquired ... by a long-time collector of ancient coins, Dr. A. Peter Weiss, who had decided to continue the business".

The ANS also states: "Dr. Weiss is one of the founding Partners of the second incarnation of the firm Nomos AG, of Zürich, Switzerland".

Nomos AG 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?

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