The ACCG flew the coins in from London on British Airways and told U.S. Customs and Border (CBP) that they were from China and Cyprus, dated between 400 B.C. and 220 A.D., had no known provenance, and had no known find spots. CBP seized the coins, and the ACCG filed a lawsuit soon thereafter, before federal officials brought a formal forfeiture action.
The ACCG's suit failed in the federal district court, the court of appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Following the supreme court's March 25, 2013 rejection to hear the case, prosecutors filed a formal forfeiture complaint in the federal district court on April 22. The forfeiture action brings a new opportunity for the ACCG to relitigate the matter.
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