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Numismatic Crime Updates: Coins Stolen or Missing in Transit

Numismatic Crime Updates: Coins Stolen or Missing in Transit

By Doug DavisFounder & President, Numismatic Crime Information Center (NCIC) ……

Latin American Coins Stolen/Lost in Texas

A UPS package shipped from Spain to the United States has been reported missing. It is believed the package was last scanned in Texas.

The package contained the following coins:

  • 4 Reales Mexico Felipe II lot 16036 12/23/20
  • 8 Escudos Santiago Fernando VI 1751 lot 16078 auction 72 12/23/20
  • 8 Escudos Carlos IV Mexico 1796/5 lot 16181 72 12/23/20

Coins Stolen en Route from Georgia to Indiana

A USPS registered package being shipped from Florida to Indiana has been reported stolen. The last scan was in Atlanta, Georgia.

The package contained the following coins:

  • 1815/2 Capped Bust Half Dollar NGC AU details, Cleaned NGC Cert#5943791-001
  • 1878 Seated Half Dollar, NGC Proof 61 Cert# 5944009-001
  • 1871 Seated Quarter Dollar, NGC Proof Details, Cleaned NGC Cert# 5944009-002

Missing/Stolen Coins in Nevada

A package being shipped USPS express mail with a signature from Nevada to Festus, Missouri has been reported missing/stolen. Last known location is Reno, NV.

The package contained the following coins:

  • 1878 7/8TF Weak Morgan Dollar Reverse of 1878 PCGS MS-65+ (70701065141239292)
  • 1883-S Morgan Dollar PCGS MS-64 (71481064041650202)
  • 1899 Morgan Dollar PCGS MS-66+ (72581066141650192)
  • 1904-S Morgan Dollar PCGS MS-64 (72940064084688925)

Residential Theft of Over $50,000 in Coins

Chicago police department is investigating a theft involving the loss of over $50,000 in coins from an elderly victim. The victim advised that a white male came to his door representing the power company and needed to do work in his backyard. The suspect requested the victim to accompany him to the alleyway where the work was to be performed. While the victim was in the back of his residence an unknown number of suspects entered his residence and was able to breach two file cabinets.

The following is a partial listing of stolen coins:

  • 1856 Flying Eagle cent PCGS AU50
  • 1856 Flying Eagle cent PCGS XF45
  • 1916 Liberty Standing quarter PCGS AU50
  • 1918/7 quarter PCGS AU50
  • 1932-d $10 dollar gold PCGS MS63
  • 1907 $20 gold UNC
  • 5 $5 gold pieces
  • 1921-P & 1921-D Walking Liberty half UNC.
  • 1921 quarter XF45
  • 1927-S quarter XF40
  • 1916-D Mercury dime VF20

No other information is available at this time.

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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].

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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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  1. What can be done to prevent mail coin theft? Declare something not coins in the package?
    Is the Shipper culpable/financially responsible?

  2. I had $128,000 of Morgan silver dollars stolen from me by a company in Houston Texas I reported it to Houston district attorney & since I didn’t get a signature receipt from the company of FedEx. At time of shipping 15 yrs ago they wouldn’t do anything . I gave them the agents name. & company name. They did nothing about it. To this day they have not called me back about it. The rober in Texas just got more ssfistacated how they rob us. Companies u think are legit dealing in coins.

  3. I explained to them the agent told me he had a buyer for them. Kept giving me lagitament sounding excuses at to why the buyer keeper postponing the purchase of the coins until he had them auction them off then claimed that I exchanged them for $45,000 of coins that I paid for then changed it later to make it look like that’s what I did. I’ll never deal with another company in texas if I can help it. Especially with that company.

  4. Insurance is the only answer because the package is handled better,,, and will usually get there ( up to 25 k ) at the post

  5. While I have always thought those folks in the Middle East are bat-sh_t crazy, I agree with the old arab penalty of cutting off the hand of a thief.

    I wish this was the law here.

  6. It’s probably differs from each person or situation
    My method is a Post Office Box where it can be securely held until you’re ready to pick it up.
    Using insurance, tracking and signature verification.
    As the shipper”s responsibility, it’s up to the purchaser to make sure the packaging is secured in someway that does not identity
    the contents which may be helpful.
    My conclusion is planning and communication with the seller is first line of securely mailing any item of value.
    Also be very prudent on who you choose to purchase from.
    Best regards


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