In January of 2007, archaeologists and other concerned citizens had an opportunity to have their voice heard by the US Department of State Cultural Property Advisory Committee about adding Cypriot coins to an import ban (see my post). We have that opportunity again, as Greece has requested that the US impose import restrictions on all coins of Greek type. The State Department is accepting comments on the proposed ban, and they’ve made it easy, creating a submit comment page, where we can let the committee know how important bans like this can be in reducing the looting of ancient sites. The deadline is very soon– Wednesday, September 22, so please write soon. Your comment does not need to be long, but I am sure that the more voices heard, the stronger our case will be. In my comment, I intend to emphasize how valuable the archaeological significance of coins can be when found in context, and how much damage looting can do to cultural sites. The coin collecting hobbyists are rallying to comment as well, so please take a moment to make your voice heard.