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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 19, May 11, 2008, Article 13

ANA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HELPS BUST COLUMBUS COIN THIEF

[Dick Johnson forwarded this article from the Columbus
(Ohio) Dispatch. -Editor]

Coins worth nearly $100,000 that had been stolen from a
Hilliard resident in December were recovered this week
with the help of a coin-shop owner in Pensacola, Fla.

Burglars stole a safe containing more than $1 million
in coins and other valuables from the home of Robert C.
Talbott...

"Usually when coins are stolen, recovery is never made,"
said Bob Bruce, owner of the All-American Coin & Jewelry Co.
in Pensacola. "I know what (Talbott's) going through. I had
coins stolen from the shop April 7."

Bruce doesn't expect to see those coins again.  But when
a man came into his shop Saturday with a 1903S Morgan
silver dollar, Bruce said, he recognized the coin -- which
he appraised at $20,000 -- as one stolen in the Talbott
burglary.

"I keep a database of stolen coins," Bruce said. "I talked
to the individual on the phone three or four more times.
He presented us with seven more coins Saturday, and I told
him I'd make him an offer Monday."

Bruce then contacted Hilliard police.

Larry Shepherd, a Cincinnati coin dealer who had sold
Talbott most of the coins and is now executive director
of the American Numismatic Association, verified that the
coin was stolen, Bruce said.

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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