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CODE OF ETHICS:
The interchange of cultural materials, among individuals and among nations, has contributed throughout history to the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of human civilisation. Members of the trade in cultural materials numismatic and otherwise play a key role in the dissemination of culture and the distribution of cultural objects to public and private collectors. While engaging in this trade, numismatists who join the I.A.P.N. also undertake corresponding responsibilities. They dedicate themselves to protect and preserve our numismatic heritage, to foster a healthy numismatic marketplace governed by strict ethical standards, to promote scientific research and greater public knowledge of numismatics, and to encourage fellowship among numismatists of all nations. In support of these goals, members pledge to conduct themselves as follows:
- To guarantee the authenticity of all items offered for sale, and never knowingly to sell a copy, forgery, imitation, restrike, or alteration, unless it is clearly identified as such.
- To guarantee that good title accompanies all items sold, and never knowingly to deal in any item stolen from a public or private collection or reasonably suspected to be the direct product of an illicit excavation, and to conduct business in accordance with the laws of the countries in which they do business.
- To describe numismatic items accurately, and to refrain from any misrepresentation of origin, date, condition, provenance, pedigree, or value.
- To fulfil all contractual obligations, including the timely delivery of items sold and the timely payment of debts.
- To support and facilitate the interchange of numismatic information and ideas, in furtherance of numismatic research and the dissemination of numismatic knowledge.