Lost Coin Archive

Stolen from Ashmolean Museum (Reported October 3, 2018)


Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Stolen coin:

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:

Email: Chris.Howgego@ashmus.ox.ac.uk

Phone: 0044 (0)1865 278063


Further information

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

+1 (650)-324-9110 

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.

Name: Yury
E-mail: Baltican@yandex.ru
Telephone: +79052493866

Coins and Banknotes stolen – Florida (Reported August 9, 2018)

The Seminole County Sheriff”s Dept in Florida is investigating a residential burglary. The suspects entered the residence and removed a safe containing a large amount of coins  and currency.

Anyone with information contact:
Michelle Smithson – Investigator – Seminole County – Sheriff’s Dept. Office +1 (407) 665-1772 msmithson@seminolesheriff.org

or Doug Davis +1-817-723-7231 Doug@numismaticcrimes.org

DenominationNameCountryMintMaterialGrading houseGradingCertification Number
1 EcuRoi Louis XIIIIFrance9SilverNGCMS 612794957-004
1/4 ThalerHoly Roman Emperor Carl VIAustriaSilverNGCAU 582668641-002
1 ThalerHoly Roman Emperor Franc IAustriaKBSilverNGCAU Details2668641-004
1 ThalerHoly Roman Emperor Franc II (Last)AustriaCSilverNGCXF Details2668641-003
2 RealCharles IIISpainMSilverNGCVF 302668641-005
1 ThalerHoly Roman Emperor LeopoldAustriaSilverNGCVF 252668641-001
1 ThalerHoly Roman Emperor LeopoldAustriaSilverNGCAU Details4274730-002
1 EscudoCharles IIISpainMGoldNGCXF 402668641-006
5 PesetasKing Alfonso XIIISpainSilverNGCAU Details4188588-045
5 FrancEmpereur Napoleon IIIFranceBBSilverNGCVF Details2797686-004
MedalQueen VictoriaGreat BritainRoman ISilverNGCAU 583597359-034
5 ShillingsKing George VIGreat BritainCopper-NickelNGCPL 644214484-004
1$PeaceUSASilverNGCMS 643249698-033
50 $EagleUSAGoldNGCMS 703257199-078
50 $EagleUSAGoldNGCMS 704307957-002
5 RoublesTsar Nicholas IIRussiaATGoldNGCAU 583698770-002
5 FrancEmpereur Napoleon IIIFranceBBGoldNGCUNC Details3698770-003
1$EagleUSASilverNGCMS 704274775-010
1$EagleUSAWSilverNGCMS 703081997-128
1$EagleUSASilverNGCMS 703862362-040
1$EagleUSASilverNGCMS 704291674-025
1$EagleUSASilverNGCMS 703375791-128
1$EagleUSASilverNGCMS 703453052-175
1$Eagle Reverse ProofUSASSilverNGCPF 70379007-214
1$Eagle ProofUSASSilverNGCPF 703678769-064
1$EagleUSAWSilverNGCMS 703564885-159
1$EagleUSASilverNGCMS 703855755-438
1$EagleUSASilverNGCMS 703983164-456
1$EagleUSAWSilverNGCMS 703983638-019
8 SolesSimon BolivarBoliviaRSilverNNCAU 502097943
8 RealesCharles IIISpainMOSilverNGCAU Details3698770-001
1 ThalerKaiser WilliamGermanyASilverNGCAU 583881173-013
1 ThalerEmpress Maria TheresaAustriaIC-FASilverNGCAU Details3698770-006
5 MarkKing Ludwig II of BavariaGermanyDSilverNGCVF 353698770-005
15 KreuzerHoly Roman Emperor Franc IAustriaKBSilverNGCAU 583212285-019
1$MorganUSASSilverNGCMS 633121774-001
MedalAdmiral Vernon Cartagena, both kneesGreat BritainCopperNGCAU Details3915194-001
MedalAdmiral Vernon Cartagena, one KneeGreat BritainCopperNGCXF452039186-022
3 MarkKaiser William IIGermanyASilverNGCAU 582614958-005
1$MorganUSASilverNACMS 66L820587
1$MorganUSASilverNACMS 66L820701
BullionJohnson MattheyUSASilverA030205
BullionCredit SuisseSwissGold93612
BullionJohnson MattheyUSASilverA060956

Bank Notes:

1928 $500 federal reserve Kansas City redeemable in gold serial number J00009044A PMG certified

1953-A $5 dollars star note PMG 63 silver certificate

1935A $1 star note PCGS 53

1935G with MOTTO silver certificate PCGS 63 PPQ

1954 $1 Devils face canada

1792 france 25livres assignat PCGS 62

1958 5NF france overprint PMG 35

1963A $10 error certified Smeared solvent on the back of the bill

1914 5$ certified PCGS or PMGVF30

1928D $2 Star Note USA certified

1935E $1 Dollar low serial number PPQ66

1995 $2 Star PCGS 64 PPQ low swrial number

1928 B $1 PMG 63

1957 B $1 Star PMG 66 A block

1969C $1 low SN 000070 PCGS 66 PPQ

2003 $2 Star cleveland PPQ 67 SN D00010155

2009 $50 star Dallas PCGS 58 SN JK00288141

2006 $1 Star Atlanta PCGS 64 PPQ SN F00002978

1999 $10 Star BK federal reserve PMG 65

2003 $5 star Federal reserve PCGS 64 PPQ

2004 10$ PCGS 67

2004 $20 Star PCGS 67PPQ

1935 C 1$ Silver certificate

2014 50,000 livres lebanon

1959 10 nouveaux Francs

1895 1 Peso Colombia PMG 55 serial number 811224

1994 10,000 Pesos Colombia PMG 64 SN 0000835

1984  France 500 francs PMG certified 67 EPQ , certification # 6002750-052 serial number F207 57484

1977 Colombia 1 peso Oro PMG 66 EPQ cert # 2507324-088 serial number 50190377

1965 20 pesos Colombia PMG 67 EPQ  cert# 8026537-011 serial number O88922542

1970 Sultanate Oman PMG 66 EPQ 8050706-057 serial number A/2 420329

1976 France 10 francs PMG 67 EPQ cert # 8051017-027 srial number Y296 726092

1979 France 50 francs, PMG 66 EPQ cert# 8051017-032 serial number G21 969360

1997 France 20 francs PMG 65 EPQ cert# 8050995-056 A061 207141

1970 Great Britain PMG 65 serial number 0070

1970 Great Britain PMG 63 serial number 0069

1918 50 Mark germany PMG certified 66 SN B33107411

1922 Germany 10,000Mark PMG 66 R01648453 type D

1970 Spain 100 pesetas PMG 66 SN 7G6896963

1943 Germany 5 mark PMG 66 SN L13123681

1966 Great Britain 10 pounds PMG 65 SN A87 845986

1962 great britain 5 pounds (2 consecutive bills) PMG certified 65 & 66

1953 Colombia 5 pesos PMG 64 Specimen number 43

1953 Colombia 1/2 peso oro PMG 64 serial number C1671748

2018 $1 America silver eagle NGC 70

1964 half a dollar Kennedy head roll of 25

1927 1 nicaragua PMG65 highest rated

1904 republic of colombia ICG 48 EF  serial number 0768501

1945 Colombia 2 pesos ICG 60 serial number I20701723

1941 Colombia 5 pesos ICG certified serial number C1762783

2 Ancient Mounted Coins Stolen in Zürich (Reported June 8, 2018)

Dear Colleagues / Chers Collègues,

I have just been informed that the hereunder 2 coins have been stolen in Zürich, but apparently about 1 year ago.

Je viens d’être informé du vol des 2 monnaies ci-dessous à Zürich, mais apparemment il y a environ 1 an.

 One coin had been proposed (out of the mounting) to a Zürich coin dealer.

Une monnaie a été proposée (démontée) à une collègue de Zürich.

Kind regards / Sincères salutations.

Jean-Luc Van der Schueren

See details below:


Cher Monsieur,

Suite à notre discussion, je vous transmets les informations des bijoux sertis de monnaies anciennes qui m’ont été dérobés. On sait que les monnaies ont été sorties de leur monture respective, car l’une des pièces a été proposée anonymement à un numismate en Suisse. Malheureusement, les investigations de la police de Zurich n’ont mené à rien. Je serais donc ravi si vous pouviez faire suivre les photos de ces pièces à l’association internationale de monnaie anciennes. Il s’agit de :


Collier : Severus Alexander (A.D. 222-235), Aureus, draped bust right, rev. PM TR P III COS PP, emperor left, with globe and inverted spear (RIC. 43), good very fine, contained in gold mount with fluted suspension loop, together with a contemporary Roman gold chain, 43.25 gms., including mount and chain


Bague: Commodus, gold Quinarius, mounted in contemporary ring, 31.70 gms., including ring, Rome, M COMMODUS ANTON AUG PIUS, laureate head right, rec. TR P VIII IMP VI COS III P P, Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm (TIC. 68; C. 894), very fine and rare


Je vous remercie d’avance et vous souhaite une bonne journée.


Ludovic Marock

Wohllebgasse 7
8001 Zürich

+41 76 423 47 41