It's looking ever more clear that there is no reason to believe that the Greek coins that were taken from Dr. Peter Weiss' possession when he was arrested on unrelated charges were "stolen" or illegally imported. Indeed, it appears that at least some may have long collecting histories dating back to the 1920's, if not earlier.
If so, the only rational basis for them to be forfeited to NY State authorities would be as some sort of restitution for the costs of the prosecution. New York residents are among the most heavily taxed in our nation. So why apparently did DA Matthew Bagdanos' office arrange for such valuable coins to be given to the Greek Government rather than instead being sold for the benefit of the New York Taxpayer?
Is it possible this proud Greek American and ardent supporter of the AIA's repatriationist agenda's judgment was clouded by his personal interests?
Let's hope not.
The NY District Attorney office should certainly provide more information about this issue than found in its self-serving press release.
It's also important to learn about the disposition of the other coins taken from Dr. Weiss' possession. The DA's Press release only states, "Two of the other coins have been returned to a previous owner, and the remainder are expected to be given to cultural and academic institutions for display, research, and study."
Hopefully, these will at least be New York institutions and not ones chosen based on their fealty to the AIA's repatriationist agenda. If so, they may be "repatriated" too in short order to where they were made millenia ago.