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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 51, December 10, 2000, Article 15

YALE COLLECTION THEFT 

   Bill Burd writes: "When considering interesting numismatic 
   robberies, the Yale University coin collection stolen on May 29, 
  1965 and valued at $1,000,000 must be added to the list. The 
   robbery was eventually tied to organized crime in Chicago.  A 
   coin dealer in Chicago was arrested on possession of stolen 
   property and interstate transportation of stolen property.  He 
   was found guilty and sentenced to prison. 

   I have the trial transcripts and a copy of the inventory of the 
   coins stolen.  Through the Freedom of Information Act I was 
   also able to obtain a copy of the FBI investigation.  Unfortunately 
   they blacked out a great deal of information they considered 
   'sensitive'. 

   The recovery of Yale's stolen Brasher Doubloon in 1967 is an 
   interesting part of this story. 

   In 1987 a $10.00 Mormon identified as part of the Yale 
   collection surfaced in Chicago and then quickly disappeared 
   again.  I hope to someday put all my information together 
   and have it published." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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