INC Statement on Cultural Property

The International Numismatic Council has released the following statement on cultural property:

"The INC condemns the illegal excavation of numismatic objects and theft, looting or destruction of any kind, since such activities destroy valuable historical information. At the same time, it recognizes the importance of collecting by museums as well as by private collectors. Collectors and collections have an important role to play in the preservation of information about coins, archaeological contexts, or hoards found before and after 1970. The INC encourages all of its members to publish their holdings, to take care to establish the history of their objects, and to make such information available to scholarship." (source: