A perennial topic this time of year is the search for the identity of "D.B.Cooper", the infamous airplane hijacker who
disappeared without a trace on November 24, 1971. $200,000 in ransom money disappeared with him, and several notes traceable to that
payment have entered numismatic circles. Here's an article from The Daily Mail about an author who claims to have identified
the hijacker. -Editor
Most Americans have heard of the case of DB Cooper, who is accused of pulling off the only plane hijacking in the history of the United
States that has never been solved.
Now, 44 years after the brazen air heist, a Michigan author has put forward a new theory linking the mystery of DB Cooper to an obscure
missing person case involving a married father of four who vanished two years before the skyjacking and was never heard from again.
Over the years, the facts of the skyjacking history have become the stuff of legends: on November 24, 1971, a man known by the name Dan
Cooper bought a ticket at Portland International Airport in Oregon and boarded a Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 305 to Seattle,
He ordered a bourbon and lit a cigarette before asking flight attendant Florence Schaffner to write down the following: 'I HAVE A
BOMB IN MY BRIEFCASE. I WILL USE IT IF NECESSARY. I WANT YOU TO SIT NEXT TO ME. YOU ARE BING (sic) HIJACKED.'
While the plane was being refueled, Cooper was handed $200,000 in cash and four parachutes, which he had demanded in return for allowing
36 passengers to leave the plane when it landed. Cooper then ordered the captain to fly towards Mexico at an altitude of under 10,000
Somewhere between Seattle and Reno, Nevada, Cooper tied the bag of cash to himself and jumped out the back of the plane in stormy
With the help of Florence Schaffner, the stewardess who passed on Cooper's ransom note to the captain, FBI was able to create a
composite sketch, which is the only known image of DB Cooper in existence.
Cooper's fate remains unknown to this day, despite a decades-long FBI investigation and hundreds of possible leads.
In 1980, an 8-year-old boy named Brian Ingram was having a picnic with his parents along the Columbia River when he came across three
rotting wads of $20 bills totaling $5,800 bearing serial numbers that matched the ransom money given to DB Cooper.
As years passed, many people connected with the probe have come to believe that DB Cooper never survived that fateful parachute jump,
but no remains were ever recovered.
To read the complete article, see:
Is this man DB Cooper? Author believes missing Michigan father of four is the legendary plane hijacker - solving the greatest Thanksgiving
mystery in US history
Archives International Auctions, Part XXX
U.S., Chinese & Worldwide Banknotes, Scripophily,
Coins and Security Printing Ephemera
December 11th & 14th, 2015
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72: Republica De Chile, 1898 Provisional Issue
- Lot 87: National
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284: United Arab Emirates Currency Board, 1973; Specimen Set
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All Russian Central Union of Consumer Societies, 1920 Specimen Banknote
- Lot 503:
Bodie Bluff Consolidated Gold Mining Co Stock Certificate
- Lot 674: American
Bank Note Co., "Cincinnati" Business Ad Card.
- Lot 832: FRN, Boston, $5, 1914,
Fr#846, Burke | Houston
- Lot 2046:
Imperial Bank of China, 1898 Peking Branch Taels Issue
- Lot 2074: Bank
of China, 1912 "Mukden - Manchuria" Branch Issue Rarity.
- Lot 2098: Bank
of Communications, 1927 "Hankow" Branch Issue Rarity.
- Lot 2155:
National Bank of China, 1921 Issue - Possible Unlisted Color.
- Lot 2208: Bank of Canton Ltd. 1920
- Lot 2316:
Kwang Tung Sat Yip Bank, Swatow ca.1900 Private Banknote.
- Lot 2358: Republik
Indonesia Serikat, 1949 Essay Banknote.
- Lot 2379: Pogrebetsky
Plate Notes from 1929 Banknote Book.
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