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« on: September 02, 2016, 05:09:23 pm »

Not quite sure where to put this information, but I'll stick it here.
I just discovered an excellent website listing coins stolen - what, where, when, how etc.
http://www.numismaticcrimes.org/?q=reports

It is quite shocking how many dealers are robbed in their cars after leaving coin shows. So
if you are a dealer, take a armed bouncer with you on the last day to escort you home.
For the rest of us, it's worth glancing down the list of stolen ancient coins on the many pages
in case we see any on fleabay.
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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2016, 06:41:47 pm »

Wow.  I read through about 7 pages and noticed a few murders.  I had no idea there were so many thefts.
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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2016, 12:43:34 am »

It is quite shocking how many dealers are robbed...after leaving coin shows.

Hi folks,

This really resonated with me. I think I wrote about this here in Forum in the past, but I'll repeat it here.

Back in the early 1980s, that happened to my next door neighbor. At that time, he was a collector/dealer (US coins and currency, not ancients). He brought his entire coin collection to a coin show. Thieves followed him home and noted his address. Later that night, when everyone was asleep, they broke into his home. Before he even realized what was happening, the thieves had a gun pointed at my neighbor's infant son's head, who was sleeping in his crib. They demanded his entire coin collection while holding my neighbor's infant son hostage. He turned it over to them, and they fled. Luckily, no one got hurt. My neighbor took off after them in his car, driving like a maniac. He woke up the whole neighborhood when he peeled out. Unfortunately, he lost them. He also lost his entire coin collection, which was quite extensive. Everything was gone. Not one piece was ever recovered.

My neighbor learned form that experience. From that day forward, he never showed off his coins at a coin show ever again. He also got a "carry permit" and bought several handguns. From that day forward, he never went anywhere without a handgun. He always had a handgun on him, 24/7/365. He even slept with one.

He was a good friend of the family. My sister used to babysit for his children when they were young. He moved a few miles away about 20-25 years ago, but he kept in touch with us. In my early years of collecting, he was very helpful to me. He provided me with much advice, literature, and references.

Nick, I am not surprised about the murders. Some people are animals.

In addition to my general upbringing (in a high crime part of the country), this is the reason why I try to remain as anonymous as possible. It is also one of the main reasons why I am posting my entire coin collection online. In the event of loss/theft, it will be much more identifiable and recoverable. In addition to being an educational tool, my website also functions as a registry site.

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