MC Sheriff’s Office seeks help in big rare coin theft

January 24, 2014 in Antique Coins, Coins, Half Dollars, News, Numismatic Crimes, Numismatica, Numismatics, Silver, Silver Coins, Theft, USA Coins

Thousands of dollars worth of “Walking Liberty” half dollars stolen in Wolftown

By Don Richeson / Eagle Editor. January 24th, 2014 (

MADISON — Authorities are seeking the public’s help with a recent rare coin theft from a Wolftown residence that could total as much as $18,000. A Garth Run Road resident reported this month that he noticed as many as 30 rolls of his mostly pre-1947 “Walking Liberty” silver half dollar coins he had collected were missing. Each $10 roll contained 20 coins, which now can sell for as much as $30 or more per coin.

Walking Liberty Half Dollar

This is the type of coin stolen in a recent Wolftown burglary. Authorities want to know if the public has seen any of these circulating this month.

“I’m hoping someone will notice these coins circulating,” Madison County Sheriff’s Investigator Greg Garrett told The Eagle last week. The coins had been concealed away in a master bedroom and were not viewed regularly, so the owner isn’t exactly sure when they went missing, but reported last seeing them just before Christmas, Garrett said.

There were no signs of forced entry and nothing else appears to have been taken – just the coins. “Someone must have known something,” Garrett said, noting that the thieves were somehow able to slip in and out despite the presence of dogs in the house, which may have been left unlocked. The missing coins were mostly the type that depicted “Lady Liberty” on the front and an eagle on the back. There were also a few early 1960s Kennedy silver half dollars in the collection.

“They have a lot of sentimental value to the owner, who had been collecting them for a number of years,” Garrett said.

Anyone with any information on the theft or who may have seen one of the coins are requested to call the MCSO at (540) 948-5161.



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