In 2017, a 100-kilogram Maple Leaf was stolen from the Bode Museum – the trial against the accused appears to be just as gigantic as the gold coin itself. Two and a half years later, the investigation is still ongoing. But why is it so difficult to reach a verdict?
A collector lost approximately $60,000 in rare coins stolen from his car in August. Now most of them have been recovered. A suspect had offered them to coin dealers who informed the police. This is a striking proof for a basic fact: Early warning systems among coin dealers are really efficient.
A fraudulent trio, that specifically targets numismatic dealerships, currently travels through Great Britain. They specialize in bullion coins and claim to need them for the manufacture of jewelry.
The world’s largest auction platform for coins, Sixbid, informs its users that scammers send fake invoices to Sixbid bidders. These are easy to unmask as soon as you know what to look for. Sixbid asks anyone who has received such an email, to forward it to Sixbid to help criminal prosecution.
A case of burglary and arson are currently investigated in the small town of Tecumseh, Michigan. The store Tecumseh Coins was completely destroyed by the flames and the coin safes inside were found opened. Did the burglars deliberately set the store on fire to cover up their tracks?
In April of 2018, a Minnesota federal grand jury returned a criminal indictment charging a 68-year-old man with five counts related to the sale of counterfeit coins and one count of mail fraud. The defendant has now pleaded guilty. He faces imprisonment and high fines.
Last summer, a 52-year-old man from south-east England was stabbed in his home. Now, the trial of the chief suspect has opened. According to the charges presented in court, his motive was to get his hands on a collection of Beatrix Potter 50p coins.