By Doug Davis – Founder & President, Numismatic Crime Information Center (NCIC) ……
UPS: Stolen/Missing – New York to Florida
A package being shipped via UPS from New York to Florida has been reported missing. The package contained the coins in the following picture:
USPS: Stolen/Missing – Nevada to Washington
A package being shipped Priority Mail flat rate small box from Reno, Nevada to Milton, Washington has been reported missing/stolen. The package contained an 1874 Doubled Die Obverse Shield Nickel FS-102 PCGS AU-53. The package was last scanned in Tacoma, WA.
FedEx: Ancient Coins Stolen – Kentucky to California
A FedEx package being sent from Kentucky to Anaheim, California has been reported stolen. The package was signed for but not by the intended recipient.
A list of the stolen certified ancient coins in NGC holders is available as a PDF file.
Coin Shop Burglary – San Jose, California
Falcone Jewelry and Coin in San Jose, California was burglarized in the early morning hours of May 4, 2022. The suspects breached the front door and removed the following items:
- Morgan and Peace dollar BU rolls, 95-100
- San Jose-related collectibles (badges, tokens, medals advertising, etc.)
- 1892 Columbia World’s Fair collection
- Better foreign coins – China, Mexico, Latin America, Russia, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Austria, and Canada
- European table medals
- Rare silver three-ounce bars from Englehard, toned. Tombstone
The victim advises that several shops from Morgan Hill south all the way up to Napa Valley, CA have been targeted. Law enforcement officials indicated to one victim that Chilean gangs may be responsible.
Shop owners should be on high alert and review their current security measures. High-resolution cameras should be a priority, along with enhanced alarm systems.
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Please contact the Numismatic Crime Information Center’s Doug Davis if you have questions or information about any of the cases above. You can reach him at (817) 723-7231, or email him at [email protected].
UPS coin shipments that arrive for me are frequently (almost always) left outside on a porch or leaning against our garage door. I receive an email that indicates I signed for it (required signature shipment). Not only did I not sign for it, but the delivery person apparently signed my name and misspelled it. This has happened on several occasions. FedX is better, but again they do not always obtain a signature. Several of the “fake” signatures were for packages left while someone was at home. The carrier made no attempt to contact anyone in the house. It’s no surprise that packages containing thousands of dollars worth of coins are disappearing. I would not send anything by UPS. Only FedX, with required signature and insured against theft or loss. I’m sure there are other thefts as well, since it is unlikely the carrier/delivery person knows what is in the package unless the sender is easily recognizable as a coin dealer.