|Bronze doors inside the U.S. Supreme Court.|
Photo by David Lat.
The U.S. government initiated import controls on ancient coins from China and Cyprus after finding that the cultural objects required protection from pillage and illegal trafficking under the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act (CPIA). The ACCG designed a test case in 2009 to contest these import restrictions by attempting to bring ancient Chinese and Cypriot coins into Baltimore from abroad. U.S. Customs seized the coins, and the ACCG sued.