June 23, 2011 – Six coins from the American Numismatic Association’s collection with a combined value of approximately USD 18,844 were stolen June 11 or 12 from the St. Louis Museum of Transportation. The coins were part of “Money of the U.S. Civil War,” a four-panel ANA traveling exhibit that was scheduled for display at the museum June 13-June 30.
The following is a list of coins taken in the theft:
* 1849 silver dollar (VF30), approximate value USD 425
* 1861 quarter eagle (AU55), approximate value USD 400
* 1857 three dollar gold piece (copy), USD 244 bullion value
* 1862 half eagle (MS60), approximate value USD 15,000
* 1847 O eagle (VF30), approximate value USD 925
* 1861 double eagle (EF40), approximate value USD 1,850
The ANA is asking the collecting community for assistance in recovering the missing coins. Anyone with information regarding the theft should call 719-482-9814.
The ANA’s traveling exhibit program includes ten small exhibits available for rent to member clubs, museums, libraries, schools and cultural organizations. This is the program’s first theft; the ANA plans to continue the program after assessing the theft. In all cases, the borrowing organization is responsible for any loss or damage to exhibit items while in their possession, said ANA Executive Director Larry Shepherd.
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