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A newspaper article reported that The Martin Schoyen Collection is up for sale. Many hope that the Norwegian government will buy the collection. Mr. Schoyen's motive for selling the collection should mentioned.
I'm not sure anyone dates Codex 2650 (Schoyen Codex of Matthew) to the third century. The earliest date I've seen for it was 325, but when I pressed the Schoyen Collection website about it, a few months later they changed the date to the first half of the fourth century. While it is one of the earliest substantial manuscript witnesses to the Gospel of Matthew, it may not necessarily be older than Sinaiticus or Vaticanus; earlier claims then that it is the earliest substantial witness is yet to be established.
Any discussion of the Schoyen Collection should say something about Mr. Schoyen's successful offer to buy ancient Buddhist manuscripts which had to be smuggled out of Afghanistan in order to keep the Taliban from destroying them (this was about the time the Taliban was destroying the ancient giant Buddha statues). There is some claim--whether or not it is true I don't know--that Mr. Schoyen's generosity is such that he may return the manuscripts to Afghanistan if the situation is stabilised and if a responsible party can take care of them properly.
See more about Codex Schoyen here: 
You are right in case of its date - 4th century. It is not earliest witnesses to the Gospel of Matthew, but earliest Coptic manuscript of this Gospel. Thanks for other informations, though we need sources. Leszek Jańczuk (talk) 03:44, 6 December 2008 (UTC)