There is "said to be" a conspiracy.
Apparently there is a secret "cabal" consisting of organisations such as the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), the Republic of Cyprus, and The United States Department of State (Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) - and into this clandestine group fall several distinguished scholars.
This alleged grouping is reported to be using "stealth tactics" in its "stealth war on collecting".
Indeed, we are told, this conspiracy is serious:
"This development should concern not only coin collectors, but also every American citizen who values his or her personal freedom. Big Brother is watching you, and Big Brother does not like collecting."
Does anybody believe this nonsense?
The AIA makes its position on antiquities (including coins) quite clear. It publishes its views on its public website.
The US State Department does the same.
Scholars publish their ideas which then fall into the public domain.
So who puts out these unhelpful ideas?
David Welsh in his blog on "Stealth Unidroit: the State Department’s War Against Collecting".
And who is David Welsh?
He tells us, "an early and active supporter of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild, for which he chairs the International Affairs Committee, and has become well known as a collectors’ rights activist".
Please could unfounded and misleading alarmism be removed from the debate?
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