An article by Paul Gilkes in Coin World reports that eBay has removed all listings of Liberty Dollar coins at the request of the U.S. Secret Service.
At the request of the U.S. Secret Service, eBay has begun purging the online auction site of listings offering for sale Liberty Dollar medallions in gold, silver, platinum and copper.
Officials at eBay indicate the systematic removal beginning Nov. 29 of the listings is intended to conform with its policy implemented Feb. 20 banning the listing of counterfeits and replicas on eBay.com.
In emails sent by eBay to sellers whose listings for Liberty Dollars were canceled, officials at the online auction site expressed their regrets for having to take the action.
Contacted by Coin World, eBay spokesman Ryan Moore offered the following comment: “The listings for Norfed Liberty Dollars have been removed as they have been deemed counterfeit by the United States Secret Service. Counterfeits are illegal and not welcome on any of eBay’s sites.”
NORFED is more formally known as the National Organization for the Repeal of the Federal Reserve Act and the Internal Revenue Code. The group issued Liberty Dollar medallions as an alternative to Federal Reserve notes, and advocated their commercial use.
Dave Gillie, who began buying and selling Liberty Dollars in 2001 and later became a regional currency officer for NORFED, said Dec. 5 that he had eight of his listings for Liberty Dollars canceled on Nov. 29.
Gillie still accepts Liberty Dollars at his Gillie’s Coney Island restaurant in Mount Morris, Mich., in payment for meals.
The dealer was perplexed by the government’s characterization of Liberty Dollars as counterfeits. Gillie said in a Dec. 5 email to Coin World that out of respect for eBay’s “coerced” decision he will not list Liberty Dollars for sale at the website until “they change their policy again.”
Gillie estimates he has sold and exchanged thousands of Liberty Dollars in the years he’s been involved with them. Gillie says he’s also purchased hundreds of Liberty Dollars from former NORFED regional currency officers leery about what legal action authorities could take against those own Liberty Dollars.
Several questions remain unanswered by the Secret Service:
➤ Are the pieces legal to own, sell, distribute or even exhibit for educational purposes at a coin show or other venue?
➤ Will federal law enforcement authorities seek to seize any of the tens of thousands of Liberty Dollars still in private hands?
To read the complete article, see:
Liberty Dollars ban goes into effect at eBay
I was able to find one listing for a $20 Liberty Dollar silver coin still for sale early Saturday morning. I could find none of the Liberty Dollar denominated paper notes. The Coin World article doesn't mention paper and specifically states that the purge is for " Liberty Dollar medallions in gold, silver, platinum and copper". So what's the status of the paper issues?
To read a related earlier E-Sylum article, see:
LIBERTY DOLLAR FOUNDER VON NOTHAUS AWAITS HIS FATE
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