Given the confusion at the State Department, US Customs and within the archaeological blogoshere about which coins circulated broadly and which did not for purposes of preparing designated lists for the ever growing laundry list of countries for which MOUs have been granted, CPO hereby officially proposes the formation of the Historic Coin Circulation Commission so everyone-- State Department bureaucrat, archaeologist, coiney and culture cop-- will be on the same page.
Specifically, CPO envisions a nine (9) member commission with representatives from the ANA, ANS, IAPN, PNG, AIA, ACCG, Smithsonian, Penn Cultural Heritage Center and the ever fair Brits from the BM. CPO suspects that some archaeo-bloggers may gripe about under-representation, but as CPO has also observed few, if any, field archaeologists really care about or understand coins anyway except when it comes to restricting them for the greater glory of their foreign hosts in the cultural bureaucracies of the world.
The HCCC will be instrumental in deciding what coin types are local (so they can be safely restricted and repatriated to the modern nation states from which the originated) and what coin types circulated in international trade (so they can remain in American collectors' trays and also continue to travel in the international coiney trade without fear of seizure).
In light of our country's budget deficit, CPO also suggests that no new funds be allocated, but that rather that existing monies be reprogrammed away from grants to the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute, which, after all apparently got the ball rolling on import restrictions on coins in the first place.
CPO has been assured that the HCCC is likely to meet with approval at the highest levels of American Government, a place where some well placed "coineys" apparently serve in anonymity but with some distinction.