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The E-Sylum: Volume 3, Number 51, December 10, 2000, Article 14


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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