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Four Are Arrested in Theft of Giant Gold Coin From Berlin Museum

July 13, 2017 in Burglaries, Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatic Crimes, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, World Coins

By: David Shimer New York Times Topics (Numismatics)

The arrests were made in the theft of the 221-pound “Big Maple Leaf” coin from the Bode Museum. The coin has probably been melted or shattered, the authorities said… Full article at the source>

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Gumnut Baby sculpture stolen

March 25, 2015 in Art, Australian Coins, Blogs, Burglaries, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

Extremely upsetting news that thieves have stolen one of the Gumnut Baby sculptures from Stirling Gardens in the centre of Perth.

The theme of our Snugglepot & Cuddlepie™ 2015 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin, the characters are the much-loved creation of Australian author and artist May Gibbs, who published her first book about the pair’s adventures in 1918. The sculptures are by Claire Bailey and date from 2001.

Hopefully it won’t be too long before the missing Baby is returned and the statue repaired for all to enjoy once again.

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‘Pawn Stars’ Shop May Have Melted Stolen $50,000 Coin Collection

March 11, 2014 in American Buffalo, Antique Coins, Burglaries, Coins, Gold, Gold Buffalo, Gold Coins, Morgan Silver Dollars, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Theft, USA Coins

By ALAN FARNHAM via Good Morning America March 11th, 2014.  (

A man whose $50,000 coin collection was first stolen, then hocked, cannot recover it from Las Vegas’ famous “Pawn Stars” pawn shop. Reason: The hock shop claims it melted the coins down.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the State of Nevada in Clark County Justice Court, a coin collection valued by its owner, David Walters, at up to $50,000, was stolen from Walters’ Las Vegas home in November 2013 by Walters’ niece, Jennifer Beckman.

Court documents say Walters’ collection–kept in a bag hidden under a dresser–contained such rarities as a 1903 St. Gaudens $20 gold piece and Silver Morgan coins from the 1880s. It also contained contemporary 1 oz. American Buffalo gold pieces.

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Police appeal for help to find rare coins

August 27, 2013 in Antique Coins, Austrian Coins, Burglaries, Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Rare Coins

24 Aug, 2013. (

Police are appealing for help in retrieving some rare coins stolen in a burglary in Colchester.A house in Maldon Road was broken in to between 1pm and 4.30pm on Thursday, August 22, after glass in a rear door was smashed to gain entry.

Two very rare, mint condition, Austrian ducat coins were stolen. One had a unique gold mount and a chain attached to it.

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Rooftop burglar gets away with $30K in rare coins

April 10, 2013 in Antique Coins, Burglaries, Coins, Collecting, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By Elisa Jaffe Published: Apr 9, 2013 (

TACOMA, Wash. — Police are looking for the rooftop burglar who sawed his way into a Tacoma shop and made off with more than $30,000 in rare coins.

Crews are now patching the hole in Freighthouse Square, where an industrious burglar recently cut his way into the American Rare Coins and Collectibles shop.

“I just thought, ‘Oh my god, oh my god, that’s my whole life,'” said owner Ray Brandt. “Everything I own is in this store.”

The burglar tied a rope to a satellite dish, dropped through a hole in the roof and shimmied his way down into the coin store.

Surveillance footage shows the crook running toward the shop’s showcases early Sunday morning.

“First thing going through my mind is, I’m out at least $100,000, maybe even more,” Brandt said.

The brazen burglar raced directly to the rare coins room where Brandt only allows regulars. He hopped onto a counter and grabbed a bag, leaving fingerprints behind for detectives to lift.

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