Lost Coin Archive
World Banknotes stolen in Pacific Northwest, USA (Reported October 23, 2018)
A large number of foreign banknotes were stolen from Novaonline while loading his vehicle after the recent Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association coin show.
2153 World Banknotes
Each sleeve contains the following:
Top right hand corner 1 inch label in black or blue ink country,pick number + any variations, condition/grade. Some prices show a mark down in red ink.
Value approximately $20,000
( A complete list is available from Novaonline)
Anyone with information contact:
Stolen Between Zurich and Sweden (Reported October 20, 2018)
These three coins that were stolen en route to Sweden. The coins were stolen most likely in Zurich and that was the last known point where they were scanned. I’m attaching the three coins.
Shanna Schmidt, Numismatist
Stolen from Ashmolean Museum (Reported October 3, 2018)
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
The Nine-fold script Huang Song tongbao coin
A recent systematic check revealed that a Chinese coin of AD 1038 from Western Xia deriving from the collection of KutsukiMasatuna, an eighteenth century Japanese prince, went missing from the Oxford collection sometime after 1940-1941 but before 2005. This looks to have been a theft through the substitution of a superficially similar coin. A rubbing of the coin exists (see p. 2). This was a significant loss, with a current value of perhaps £100,000. As the coin is so rare it may come to attention. Should anyone have any information about its whereabouts please contact:
Chris Howgego, Keeper of the Heberden Coin Room, Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2PH, UK:
Phone: 0044 (0)1865 278063
The calligraphic style is called Nine-fold script. The coin was similar to, but not the same as, the following onesold at an auction 14/11/2010:
The Nine-fold Huang Song tongbao of the Ashmolean Museum originally belonged to KutuskiMasatsuna (1750-1802) daimyo of Fukushiyama, also called Tamba Prince. He published this coin in 1798 in his Wakan kokonsenkakan和漢古今泉貨鑑(Album of Chinese and Japanese coins old and new).
Here is the rubbing of themissing Nine-fold Huang Song tongbao coin.
The Nine-fold Huang Song tongbaocoins are very rare. One coin was sold at an auction in Beijing in 2010 (14th November) for the price of 952,000 RMB, which is equivalent to 109,047GBP.
Chris Howgego, 1 October 2018
Stolen/Redirected-Certified Coins-FedEx in California (Reported August 8, 2018)
Attached is a complete list of the Numismatic Guarantee Corporation certified coins
which were in the shipment to us that was stolen (“redirected”) from Fed Ex on August 15.
Preliminary investigations suggest either extreme incompetence or an inside job.
If you are approached to buy any of this material, please help us recover it and call the
police, then notify us. If you have already acquired any, give me a call and we can work
together with the authorities and insurer to make us both whole again.
Mish International Monetary Inc
1154 University Drive
Menlo Park CA 940225
Stolen coins in Russia (Reported August 17, 2018)
Shipping was from Anapa to Kaliningrad.
Coins “disappeared” in transit point -Moscow.
Date of shipping:21st of July,2018.
Shipping by courier company CDEK.
No.of shipping – 1087480292
Total 5 (five) coins were stolen-all ancient greek silver coins.