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QUERY: INFORMATION ON 1858 U.S. MINT CABINET ROBBERY SOUGHTJohn Dannreuther writes:
The new Google News Archive is great. I have been using the New York Times site for some time and the full articles are now available for free in some cases (the old ones that are most useful in numismatic research are almost all free).
In fact, I just used the site to find details of the 1858 Mint robbery. Although some details are included (the Templeton Reid $25 is not specifically mentioned, but a $25 coin was stolen and it was the only $25 coin in the collection), it was a general article repeating a Philadelphia newspaper story. Also, a $40 bar was stolen. The report did not say why the coins were not recovered, although the two culprits were almost immediately captured after trying to spend one of the twenties stolen in the robbery.
Do any of our readers have a more detailed account of what was stolen and what was recovered?
Here's the opening paragraph and an image of part of the August 20, 1858 article. -Editor
Between 10 and 11 o'clock yesterday morning, two very respectably-dressed young men, of exceedingly genteel appearance, visited the United States Mint, at Juniper and Chestnut streets, by permission of the Superintendent. An attendant accompanied them through several departments of the Institution, but while in the "Specimen Room," or cabinet where there is a very large collection of old and new valuable coins, no one was in their company.
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Wayne Homren, Editor
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