Lost/Stolen Coins USPS

The following two offenses have been reported stolen/missing.


The following two coins were sent priority mail from Carson City Nevada to Fort Worth Texas. They have been reported missing/stolen.


A registered package being sent from Honolulu to Redondo Beach CA, arrived with some of the contents missing. The package appeared to have been tampered with and the following two coins have been reported stolen.

1904 $20 St. NGC MS62 4491466011
1927 $20 Saint NGC MS64 4491466013

Anyone with information contact:

Doug Davis

“Marvelous Historical Find” Revealed From Recovered S.S. Central America Cash Box

(Brea, California) February 15, 2019 – Historic silver and gold coins discovered in the purser’s lock box in 2014 from the fabled “Ship of Gold,” the S.S. Central America that sank in 1857, are coming to market for collectors, according to the California Gold Marketing Group LLC (CGMG) of Brea, California.

“Two bags found in the purser’s box contained a combined total of $1,588.95 face value of U.S. coins from silver dimes to Half Eagle $5 gold coins, and ranged in dates from 1796 to 1857,” revealed CGMG Managing Partner Dwight Manley. “Most of the coins are dimes that were to be used in daily commerce while the ship sailed between Panama and New York City before sinking in a hurricane off the North Carolina coast in September 1857.”

One of the dimes is an 1838-O that was overstruck at the New Orleans Mint with dies intended for an 1842-O quarter. Manley said the “35-cent” error coin is not for sale, but will be publicly exhibited. It apparently circulated for 15 years before becoming sunken treasure with the other coins now recovered from the S.S. Central America.

This 1850-dated Liberty Seated dime was recovered from a purser’s bag on the sunken S.S. Central America in 2014 and may have been intended a day’s pay for a crew member during the ship’s ill-fated 1857 voyage from Panama to New York. (Photo courtesy of Professional Coin Grading Service www.PCGS.com.)

The well-preserved silver coins discovered in the purser’s sealed iron box are being carefully examined, cataloged and certified by Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com).

“One of the recovered canvas bags at the bottom of the box was about the size of a volleyball and it contained thousands upon thousands of dimes. It quickly became obvious that this was the ‘cash box’ of the ship, a truly marvelous historical find,” said Bob Evans, the chief scientist on the 1980’s mission that first located and recovered a portion of the fabulous sunken treasure and who served in that same role and as a numismatist with the 2014 recovery.

“The purser’s bags, one with dimes and another with primarily silver quarter dollars and half dollars, were inside a box we found in a corner of the safe that was on its side when we found it. The box was flimsy, and it collapsed when we attempted to move it with our remote-controlled, spatula-like tool over 7,000 feet deep under water. There were other contents of the safe including some paper artifacts and a pistol,” Evans revealed.

The purser’s bag contained 8,873 U.S. dimes, 503 quarters, 345 half dollars, and a smaller bag inside the large one contained 55 gold dollars, 56 Quarter Eagles and 41 Half Eagles. Additional gold and silver coins, perhaps brought onboard by S.S. Central America passengers, were found elsewhere in the safe for a combined total of 9,877 coins.

“The dimes in the purser’s bag survived 157 years in the Atlantic Ocean without the corrosion seen on most silver coins found on shipwrecks. This is undoubtedly due to the oxygen-starved (anaerobic) conditions within the safe, creating a deep-sea time capsule,” explained Evans. “The safe was not water tight, but it essentially sealed off the interior environment and its chemistry from the outside seabed environment. The result was that even the canvas bag holding these coins did not degrade significantly,” explained Evans.

Universal Coin & Bullion of Beaumont, Texas (www.UniversalCoin.com) now is selling many of these recovered silver coins. For additional information, call 800-822-4653.

The SS Central America was a 280-foot long, three-masted side-wheel steamship carrying tons of California gold that had been shipped from San Francisco to Panama when she sank on September 12, 1857 hurricane during the final leg of a voyage from Aspinwall (now Colón), Panama to New York City. The loss of the ship’s gold cargo was a major factor in the economically devastating financial panic of 1857 in the United States.

“These coins found in the purser’s safe made up the working money of the ship. The sailors of the labor class were paid one to three dimes a day. Remember that in 1857 the S.S. Central America was on its 44th voyage to Panama and back since its launching in November 1853. This was a well-established business, and here we get to look at the life-blood of that business, its working capital. It is fascinating to see everything that was in circulation in 1857, including some bent, pierced and heavily worn coins,” said Evans.

“Some of these could have been used as ‘magic charms.’ If it weighed something close to a tenth of an ounce, it passed in circulation as a dime,” he explained.

In a court-approved transaction in November 2017, the California Gold Marketing Group acquired all the treasure recovered in 2014 from Ira Owen Kane, Receiver for Recovery Limited Partnership and Columbus Exploration, LLC. In 1999, CGMG acquired all of the available S.S. Central America treasure that was recovered in the 1980s.

“One-by-one examination and certification of the coins recovered in 2014 began in January 2018. Virtually all of the 3,129 federal, private mint and world gold coins that were retrieved in 2014 now have been sold. The silver coins from the purser’s safe are the final items curated and are now coming to market,” said Manley.

A complete list of all the items recovered in 2014 will be published in an upcoming book, America’s Greatest Treasure Ship: The S.S. Central America, by esteemed numismatic author Q. David Bowers and Manley.

Coins & Currency: Highlights of Skinner February Auction

Marlborough, MA – January 28, 2019 – Coins and currency are seen not only as a utilitarian tool for commerce but also as miniature works of art. These small sculptures and engravings historically feature gods and goddesses, rulers, and allegorical figures, rendered in an artistic manner. The Skinner February auction, online from February 13-22, of coins and currency highlights some of the most desirable and beautiful of these designs.

Among these is a selection of ancient coins, primarily Greek and Roman in origin, that exhibit strong strikes and fantastic surfaces. Highlights include a toned nomos from Metapontum (Lot 2004, Estimate: $800-1,200), depicting Demeter, an ear of barley, and two amphorae. Another Lucanian nomos from the city of Herakleia (Lot 2005, Estimate: $600-800) features the head of Athena wearing a Corinthian helmet decorated with a scylla, the reverse of Herakles with a lion pelt and club. Both of these coins show very little evidence of circulation and wear to the high relief, making these exceptional examples of their types.

Lastly is an undated year 3 Judaean sela from the Bar Kokhba Revolt (Lot 2012, Estimate: $4,000-6,000) with the Temple of Jerusalem on the obverse and a lulav and etrog on the reverse. These coins are highly collectible and prized for both their symbolism and rarity as a three-year issue.

Fast forward many centuries across the pond to the American 1804 draped bust large cent (Lot 2023, Estimate: $6,000-8,000), offered in a PCGS VF25 holder. With a small mintage of only 96,500 and survival estimates of less than 500, this is one of the keys of series. And although graded a Very Fine, a majority of certified examples are Fine and lower in condition.

Paper money highlights include four proposed 1880s Colombian Banco de la Republica banknotes (Lots 2176, 2177, 2178, 2179), produced by the Homer Lee Bank Note Company. These notes, the 1, 2, 5, and 10 pesos, each exhibit intricately engraved vignettes and three with portraits of George Washington.

Three local colonial issues from Massachusetts also inhabit the sale: an August 18, 1775 “Sword in Hand” 5 shillings (Lot 2158, Estimate: $200-300), a December 7, 1775 “Sword in Hand” contemporary counterfeit 42 shillings (Lot 2159, Estimate: $200-300), and an October 16, 1778 “Codfish” 9 pence (Lot 2160, Estimate: $100-200), all engraved by Paul Revere.

Auction and Preview Information

This auction will be held online only. It offers an excellent opportunity to bid at leisure and to acquire

items of numismatic interest and importance from a leading auction house of impeccable reputation.

Auction open for bidding February 13 – February 22. Previews at Skinner’s Marlborough Gallery, 274 Cedar Hill Street, February 19, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; February 20, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; February 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public, specialists will be on hand to answer questions.

About Skinner

Skinner attracts top consignments and commands record-breaking prices in the international auction marketplace. With renowned expertise and extraordinary service, Skinner is the place for buyers, sellers and the passionately curious. Skinner appraisers are familiar faces on PBS’s 16-time Emmy Award-nominated ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. Visit us in Boston, Marlborough, New York or Miami, or online at www.skinnerinc.com.


The Professional Currency Dealer Association is part of the National Coin & Currency Convention held annually in Chicago in Rosemont, IL at their new location at the Hilton Rosemont. The nation’s top banknote dealers are attendance as well as many from around the world.

The upcoming will take place on March 14-16, 2019.
To find out more:
Kevin Foley, Bourse Chairman, 414-807-0116


COOL CURRENCY! Joel R. Anderson Collection: VIDEO: 3:43.
Peter Treglia, Currency Director, Stack’s Bowers, David Lisot, Interviewer, CoinTelevision.com.
Peter Treglia talks about and shows examples of some of the amazing rarities of the Joel R. Anderson Currency Collection including the 1863 $100 Interest Bearing, the 1863 Fr. 50 Legal Tender, 1880 $10 Silver Certificate triple signature, and the 1918 $500 Legal Tender.


COOL CURRENCY! PCDA Convention 2018. VIDEO: 16:53.
David Lisot, Interviewer, CoinTelevision.com with Michael Moczalla: $100 Legal Tender 1863 “Spread Eagle”, PMG VF35, $50 Legal Tender, 1869 “Rainbow”, PMG VF30, $5 Third Charter National, 1902 “Fairbanks Alaska Red Seal”, PCGS MS63PPQ, Iraq 100 Dinar 1936, PCGS VF30, Iraq 100 Dinar 1942 PCGS VF30, Iraq 10 Dinar 1942, PCGS AU58PPQ, Don Kagin: Encased Postage 2 cent 1862, “Black Jack” circulated, $50 Federal Reserve “St. Louis”, PMG EF45, 1786 Colonial 2 Shilling 6 Pence, PCGS MS69PPQ, Joel Shafer: El Salvador 5 Peso 1916 “American Version”, VG/F, El Salvador 5 Peso 1916, El Salvador 5 Peso 1913 “Parraga Print” Fine+, Jamaica 5 Pound 1960 UNC62, Jamaica 10 Shilling 1960, “special serial number”, Choice UNC64, Mongolia 3 Dollar 1924 “Psychedelic” EF, Mongolia 5 Dollar 1924 “Psychedelic” EF/AU, Philippines 10 Peso 1903 Silver Certificate, Choice AU58.


Currency Collectors Excited about New PCDA Convention Location. VIDEO: 2:29
David Lisot, Interviewer, CoinTelevision.com, Don Kagin, Peter Treglia, Joel Shafer.
Learn about why people like the new location for the Professional Currency Dealer Association National Coin & Currency Convention in Rosemont, Illinois.


Joel R. Anderson Collection of Paper Money to be Auctioned by Stack’s Bowers. VIDEO: 3:05.
Peter Treglia, Currency Director, Stack’s Bowers, David Lisot, Interviewer, CoinTelevision.com.
It has been called the greatest collection of currency assembled. Find out the story of who assembled the collection and see some of the great rarities included.


Paper Money Collectors Offered New Benefits at PCDA Convention. VIDEO: 3:11.
Kevin Foley, Professional Currency Dealer Association, Bourse Chairman, David Lisot, Interviewer, CoinTelevision.com.
The PCDA National Coin & Currency Convention has a new location at the Rosemont Hilton just outside Chicago. This convention is one the world’s premier events for collectors of United States and world paper money and banknotes.


PCDA Membership Important for Currency Collectors. VIDEO: 4:13.
David Lisot, Interviewer, CoinTelevisio.com, with Kevin Foley, Don Kagin, Michael Moczella, Peter Treglia, & Joel Shafer, Members, Professional Currency Dealer Association. Dealing with members of the Professional Currency Dealers Association is protection for collectors who want to be sure they are dealing with someone who is knowledgeable and bound a code of ethics to be fair in their business practices.


United States Mint Offers Lowell National Historical Park Coin Set on February 19

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) will release the America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™ containing Lowell National Historical Park quarters on February 19 at noon EST. The set (product code 19AD) is priced at $9.95.

America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Sets™ consist of an uncirculated quarter from the Philadelphia Mint, an uncirculated quarter from the Denver Mint, and a proof quarter from the San Francisco Mint. Quarters in the set representing Lowell National Historical Park have a reverse (tails) design depicting a mill girl working at a power loom with its prominent circular bobbin battery. A view of Lowell, including the Boott Mill clock tower, is seen through the window. Inscriptions are “LOWELL,” “MASSACHUSETTS 2019,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”

The obverse (heads) of the coins depicts the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan, which has been restored to bring out subtle details and the beauty of the original model. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “QUARTER DOLLAR.”

All three coins are mounted on a durable plastic card with an image of Lowell National Historical Park. The Certificate of Authenticity is printed on the back of the card.

The Mint accepts orders at www.catalog.usmint.gov and 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT. Visit www.catalog.usmint.gov/customer-service/shipping.html for information about shipping options.

A limited supply of sets will be available for purchase over the counter at various United States Mint sales centers.

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