Now you, too can pretend to be a famous Cold War spy and transport secret messages inside pocket change. A company is marketing hollowed-out coins modeled after the ones used by spies. -Editor
During the Cold War, Spies from both the East and West used Hollow Coins to ferry secret messages, suicide poisons, and microfilms undetected. On May 1st, 1960 U2 Pilot Gary Francis Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union and taken captive. In his possession was a hollow silver dollar containing a poisoned needle that was to be used to take his own life in such a circumstance.
For one reason or another, he did not use it and was held for 21 months by the Soviets. He was then exchanged for Soviet spy KGB Colonel Vilyam Fisher (aka Rudolf Abel) at the Glienicke Bridge, in Berlin, Germany. Colonel Fisher was also no stranger to hollow coins...his original capture by the United States FBI was directly related to a hollow nickel that was used to transport microfilm.
On the following pages are exact duplicates of Cold War Spy Coins. They are all precision machined from actual coins, and are absolutely indistinguishable from a solid coin to the naked eye. They can be safely handled without danger of separation, and can easily circulate without detection. These exact replicas are proudly made in The USA.
To read the complete article, see: Hollow spy coins (http://www.boingboing.net/2008/10/16/hollow-spy-coins.html)
The year was 1953. An innocent newsboy discovered an unusual coin that just didn't "sound" right in this pocket. Upon greater examination, it was discovered that this was no regular nickel, but had been hollowed out and a sheet of microfilm had been hidden inside. That nickel, and the encapsulated microfilm, was the downfall for Colonel Vilyam Fisher, and his entire spy ring. This replica is precision made from genuine US nickels
For ordering information, see: spy-coins.com
Wayne Homren, Editor
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