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Numismatic Crime Alerts: 2013

ncic_alertCrimes related to numismatics know no boundaries and affects the numismatic industry around the world. Millions of dollars in numismatic items have been stolen from collectors and dealers who have fallen prey to a numismatic crime.

The Numismatic Crime Information Center is a 501 (c)(3) non profit corporation established to coordinate and collaborate initiatives between law enforcement and the numismatic industry in “Targeting Numismatic Crimes Around the World.” Please refer to the about page for more information.

Note: The following items and links about Numismatic Crime are compiled by CoinWeek from multiple news sources and are reposted for informational purposes only with no guarantee of accuracy and the original souerce is solely responsible for the content.


November 14, 2013

Business Burglary

Detectives with the Eagan, Minnesota Police Department are investigating a burglary which resulted in the theft of over $100,000 in coins. The suspects gained entry into the business and forced open a safe which contained a large amount of graded coins, gold and silver.

Below is a partial list of stolen property;

21 BU rolls of Morgan Dollars
3- AU 10 10oz Pamp Suisse Gold bars
1882cc PCGS65 517088
1884cc PCGS65 369516
1924, 1923 $20 gold PCGS MS64
1923D Saint PCGS MS65 90074910
1911D,1920S,1913D Saint PCGS MS65
1889cc Morgan PCGS VF 07190/21765819
1881cc, 82cc,83cc,80cc,85cc PCGS MS65
1882cc PCGS MS66
Anyone with information should contact: Det. Paul Maier at 651-675-5830 or by email to [email protected]

November 11, 2013

Stolen Coins

The following coins were stolen from the wholesale boxes of Bozarth Numismatics at the recent Whitman Baltimore Coin Show. The coins are all PCGS or NGC graded and images are available for all coins. A reward of $1500 is offered for any information on the theft of these coins.

  • 1859 Indian Cent MS64 NGC 380292-004
  • 1877 Indian Cent VF25BN PCGS 28104106
  • 1893 Indian Cent MS64BN PCGS 27433417
  • 1916-D Mercury Dime AG3 PCGS 27852127
  • 1881 Seated Quarter PR64 PCGS 14491626
  • 1799 Bust Dollar VF25 NGC 1773636-003
  • 1891 Morgan Dollar MS65 PCGS 25399542
  • 1909-S $5 Indian AU58 PCGS 28158463

Anyone with information should contact:
Vic or Sherri Bozarth/Bozarth Numismatics.
Office 979-421-9814
Doug Davis
[email protected]

November 4, 2013


The Albemarle North Carolina Police Department is investigating the robbery of B&G Coins. The owner identified as Eldridge Roger Gibson 81 was shot during the incident and later died at a local hospital.
crime_murderSurveillance video shows a person entering the store close to closing and staying for approximately twenty minutes, and then driving off in a truck belonging to the victim. The truck was later found located deep in a park not too far from the coin shop

Further details will be furnished once investigators provide additional information including a list of stolen coins.

Anyone with information should contact:
Albemarle Police Department
Doug Davis

October 23, 2013

Burglary Suspects Arrested

In January and March of this year the Numismatic Crime Information Center assisted the Gurnee, IL Police Department in the investigation of two burglaries that occurred at Harbor Coins in Gurnee. On October 23, 2013 investigators concluded the 9 month investigation which resulted in the arrest of three individuals and the recovery of over $140,000 in coins, currency and jewelry.The suspects were also responsible for other burglaries in the Chicago Metropolitan area.
The recent e-mail sent out by NCIC on 10/17/13 requesting infomation on recovered property led to the identity of another victim related to this investigation.

The following subjects are currently in jail.


The Gurnee Police Department continues their effort in locating other possible victims. Anyone who may have additional information should contact:
Doug Davis


October 9, 2013

Former Houston radio financial advisor charged with felony – accused of shorting a client aproximately $75,000 in a gold transaction

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September 12, 2013

1866-S_ngc58_20_legal“Second Alert”

Criminal & Civil Investigation

Title to a NGC Certified 1866-S No Motto $20 AU-58 with Serial # 3581601-002 is the subject of a criminal investigation as well as civil proceedings in Texas.

If you are offered this coin please contact: Doug Davis [email protected]

August 19, 2013

Rosemont Hotel Room Burglary

Rosemont, IL police are investigating the theft of over $400,000 in banknotes and coins taken from a dealer attending the ANA and staying at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rosemont. The dealer reported that some person or persons removed a safe containing the banknotes and coins from his hotel room.

Stolen: Banknotes from Argentina, Uruguay, Spain, China, Brazil and several American bank note proofs. Coins from Argentina, Venezuela, Spain, Poland, Italy and Eritrea.

Rare Argentina: Rio de la Plata 8 Reales 1813J PTS Provincias {Error Prorvincias) valued between $40-50,000

Also taken: Royal order from Cuba (order of Finlay) large breast star badge in silver and enamel, Order of Egypt a large breast star in silver and enamel.

Anyone with information should contact: Doug Davis at 817-723-7231

August 19, 2013

Stolen/Lost FedEx Package

A FedEx package containing Obsolete notes is presumed to be stolen. The package was shipped from Tennessee to Oakland, California. Records indicate the package arrived in Oakland but was never delivered to the recipient.

The package contained the following notes:

$5 Bank of W. Florida Appalachicola #145
$5 State of Florida St. John’s Jacksonville #4951
$10 State of Florida Bank of St. John’s #193
$100 State of Florida Tallahassee #1069
$1 Southern Bank of Georgia Bainbridge #1053
$2 Merchants Planters Bank State of Georgia #993
$10 Savannah, Georgia Merchants and Planters Bank #518close
$1 Georgia Bank of Morgan #1280
$2 Georgia Bank of Morgan #25112
$5 Georgia Bank of Morgan #335
$10 Georgia Bank of Morgan #255
$100 Bank of State of Georgia Savannah #730
$20 Mississippi & Alabama Real Estate Banking Co. #2221
$3 Bank of Washington North Carolina #2845
$4 Bank of Washington North Carolina #67
$5 Bank of Washington North Carolina
$20 State of North Carolina Raleigh #2787
$3 Omaha City Western Exchange #717
$5nsn Bank of Nashville TN
$5nsn Bank of America TN
$10nsn Dandridge Bank TN
$10 Lawrenceburg Bank TN
$20 Dobson North Carolina #306

Any collector or dealer with information should contact:
Doug Davis
[email protected]

The information can be shared using the following link:

August 6, 2013

BURGLARY – Marshalltown, Iowa

Marshalltown, Iowa police are investigating a burglary of a collector which resulted in the loss of over a quarter million dollars in gold coins and silver bars. One subject is in custody and three remain at large. A small amount of gold coins have been recovered. The suspects sold some of the silver in DesMoine, Iowa.

The suspects have been identified as:Christopher & Renae Mason. A third suspect identified as Giles Clark is also wanted but no photo is available.

The suspects are wanted for felony theft and burglary.If you come into contact with these subjects call 911.

July 30, 2013

BURGLARY – Sarasota Florida

At approximately 10:45pm ET on July 29th John Maben Rare Coins was the victim of a smash and grab. The suspects used a shotgun to break a glass window and entered the office.

They grabbed inventory from a cart that was in the office. It happened very quickly. The whole thing took less than 2 minutes. There were two or three people involved. One male approximately 6 foot 200 pounds and possibly one female or small male 5 foot 110-120 pounds.

Attached is a file with a list of missing items. This has a description, SKU and quantity of missing items. Dealers should be on watch in for anyone offering to sell the items listed. They are working to find the individual numbers for the certified coins.

Stolen Coins

If any dealer or collector has information on this offense please contact:

Detective Nathan King- Criminal Investigations Section
PO Box 4115
Sarasota, FL 34230
941-861-4949, 941-861-5800
Doug Davis
[email protected]

July 29, 2013

Package Stolen

A package being shipped from Germany to the United States has been reported stolen/lost by Atlas Numismatics. The package contained coins bought in the March Kuenker sale. The coins are presumed to be stolen.

The following attachment contains the missing coins along with photographs: View Coin List & Photos

Any collector or dealer with information should contact:
James Ricks
Atlas Numismatics
718-643-4383 or
Doug Davis
[email protected]

JULY 20th

Monique-Marie-Reyna WARRANT ISSUED

The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force has secured criminal arrest warrants for a woman accused of selling bogus silver bars to a local business. Monique Marie Reyna, of Corpus Christi, Texas, faces charges of felony theft by fraud and forgery for selling more than 500 bogus one ounce silver bars last month to a local business for nearly $6,500. Detectives were able to identify Reyna from evidence they obtained in the course of their investigation and are in contact with Texas authorities in an effort to locate her. During the investigation the Numismatic Crime Information Center was able to provide the Task Force with the following photo.

JULY 19th

Please be aware that there is a Scammer (Richard Leece) is trying to buy large quantities of Bullion and other coins from Coin Dealers around the country off there websites. This is his information:

Richard Lecce P O Box 433 Rockford, IN

PLEASE be advised that we have contacted the police. If you do get an order from him. DO NOT let him know that you are on to him. Try to play his game and get as much information as you can and give me a call so that I can relay the information to the Detective that is doing the investigation.

Thank you
Richard Lecce

Richard Lecce Pres.
Robert B. Lecce Numismatist Inc.
(561) 483-4744

JULY 19th


Southold, New York Detectives are investigating a residential burglary which resulted in the loss of over $125,000 in coins and currency.

The following is a partial list of stolen items:

1923 $10 Poker Chip Note Serial # A503812B (CGA67)
1928 $1,000 Note Serial # H0018199A (CGA67)

1. 5 bags of silver coins:
Mercury dimes
Roosevelt dimes
Washington quarters
Walker half-dollars
Franklin half-dollars

2. 5 packs of $1 silver certificates (1957 A-B) <$100 per pack>

3. 1 pack of $1 silver certificates (1935 H) <$100 total>

JULY 18th

crime_7-18-aHunt for Suspects

The Bossier, Louisiana Financial Crimes Task Force and Bossier Crime Stoppers are asking for help with finding two suspects who recently sold bogus gold and silver bars to two local businesses.

The suspects are wanted in connection with two separate incidents. The first occurred on June 21 and involved a woman who sold more than 500 bars of what she claimed were each one ounce of silver. The second incident happened on July 10 in which a man sold 3 gold bars that he claimed were each 12 ounces of 18 carat gold.

JULY 18th

Criminal & Civil Investigation

Title to a NGC Certified 1866-S No Motto $20 AU-58 with Serial # 3581601-002 is the subject of a criminal investigation as well as civil proceedings in Texas.

If you are offered this coin please contact: Doug Davis 817-723-7231

July 17th

Fake Gold & Silver bars

The Numismatic Crime Information Center is assisting a Financial Crimes Task Force and the Secret Service who are investigating two offenses where a large amount of fake silver and gold bars were purchased. The one ounce silver bars were imprinted with Pan American Silver Corp /Northwest Territorial Mint. The gold bars were imprinted with Earnheart Mint.

We are attempting to locate other offenses or dealers having come into contact with these type of fake bars.

July 12th

WANTED Theft By Check

A Felony theft warrant has been issued for Orlando J. Lopez. Using the business name Numisource LLC. Lopez has written thousands of dollars in bad checks to dealers. Lopez is from the San Antonio, Texas area but has traveled in the West and Northwest part of the United States in the recent months.

If you come into contact with this subject call 911.

JULY 11th

Possible Stolen Coins

The Astoria Oregon police department is requesting any information on the coins pictured in the below photos. The coins were located in a residence of a known drug user. Police are looking for a dealer or collector who may have been a victim of a burglary or robbery.


Anyone with information on ANY of the cases above should contact :


Doug Davis

Numismatic Crime Information Center

PHONE: 817-723-7231

EMAIL: [email protected]

Numismatic Crime Information Center
Numismatic Crime Information Centerhttp://www.numismaticcrimes.org/
The Numismatic Crime Information Center (NCIC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation whose mission is to serve as a national and international resource for collectors, dealers, and law enforcement in the education, prevention, and investigation of crimes involving coins, paper money, tokens, medals, and related numismatic items. NCIC disseminates current crime-related issues to the numismatic industry and provides local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies with the fundamental investigative techniques, knowledge, and understanding to respond effectively to the complex challenges encountered during a crime. Please contact the Numismatic Crime Information Center's Doug Davis if you have questions or information concerning open cases. You can reach him at (817) 723-7231, or email him at [email protected].

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