Major Coin Theft in Fayette County

[Update: Suspect Arrested.] Fayette County, Texas Investigators are investigating a theft of over 1000 PCGS and NGC graded gold coins valued in excess of one million dollars.

A partial listing includes:

  • 20 – 1924 St.Gaudens NGC MS65
  • 20 – 1927 St.Gaudens PCGS MS65
  • 21 – 2011 $25 American Gold Eagle First Strike MS70 PCGS
  • 22 – 2011 American Gold Eagle 4-Piece Set First Strike Set MS70 PCGS
  • 70 – 2011 $25 American Gold Eagle First Strike MS70 PCGS
  • 170 – 2011 $25 American Gold Eagle MS70 NGC
  • 100 – 2011- $50 American Gold Buffalo 10z 24K MS70 Early Release NGC
  • 111 – 2012-W $50 American Gold Eagle First Release MS70 NGC
  • 250 – 2012 $25 American Gold Eagle MS70 NGC
  • 20 – 2013-W $50 American Gold Eagle Early Release MS70 NGC
  • 20 – $50 American Gold Buffalo Chicago ANA Release W/Cert PR70 NGC

The victim has certification numbers on all of the stolen coins. Any dealer or collector having information on this offense should contact:

Lt. David Beyer
979-968-5856
or

Doug Davis

817-723-7231

Doug@numismaticcrimes.org

Tours at National Money Show Feature Arizona’s History and Beauty

Visitors to the 2008 Phoenix National Money Show, March 7-9, can sign up for scenic tours of the surrounding area. A tour of the Superstition Mountain Museum and a post-convention trip to the Sonoran Desert provide the opportunity to explore the region’s mysterious mining history and beautiful desert landscapes. The Superstition Mountain Museum and Goldfield Mines, located 40 miles east of Phoenix, showcases the artifacts, history, geology and folklore of the Superstition Mountains, including the legend of the famous “Lost Dutchman Goldmine.” When Jacob Waltz (known as “Dutchman”) died in 1891, he took the secret whereabouts of his mine with him. Today, treasure hunters still scour the Superstition Mountains in search of Waltz’s mine and the treasures it holds. Visitors learn the history of the area’s native peoples, and see a gigantic, 20-stamp ore crusher. The tour, on Saturday, March 8 from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., departs by bus from the west doors of the Phoenix Convention Center. Registration is $20 through Feb. 10; $25 after that date. The post-convention Sonoran Desert adventure tour will take you to the heart of the historic Goldfield Mountains to experience breathtaking landscapes, fascinating rock formations and exciting off-road action. Guides will share stories about the area as the tour four-wheels through chiseled trails. The trip features a nature walk, incredible photo opportunities and a crash course in survival skills such as eating cactus and catching local wildlife. The Sonoran Desert adventure tour, on Monday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., leaves from the west doors of the Phoenix Convention Center. The cost is $120 through Feb. 10 ($130 after that date), including transportation, beverages and lunch. To register for a tour, or for more information, call 719-482-9857 or visit www.money.org (select “National Money Show” from the “Numismatic Events” dropdown menu, then select the “Attendees” tab). The National Money Show is in the West Building of the Phoenix Convention Center. The show is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. James Mann is the event’s general chairman and Alan Herbert is the honorary chairman. The Phoenix Coin Club and the Mesa Coin Club are the show’s host clubs. The honorary host clubs are the Arizona Territorial Coin Club and the Fountain Hills Coin Club. Heritage Auction Galleries is the official auction company. For more information on the National Money Show, call 719-482-9857 or visit www.money.org (select “National Money Show” from the “Numismatic Events” dropdown menu). The American Numismatic Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps its 32,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of programs including its education and outreach programs, museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org. CONTACT: Andy Dickes Telephone: 719-482-9814 E-mail: pr@money.org

Hotel Space, Bourse Tables Going Quickly for 2008 National Money Show in Phoenix

Hotel rooms and bourse tables are selling out quickly for the American Numismatic
Association’s 2008 National Money Show™, March 7-9 in Phoenix. Better-than-expected
interest points to an exciting, well-attended spring convention in Arizona.

Hotel rooms at discounted convention rates at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix are now sold
out. Convention attendees can still take advantage of discounted rates at the ANA’s host
hotel, the Wyndham Phoenix, as well as the SpringHill Suites by Marriott.  Both hotels are
adjacent to the Phoenix Convention Center. For reservations, call the Wyndham Phoenix at
602-333-0000, or the SpringHill Suites at 602-307-9929.

Only six bourse tables remain for the National Money Show. The bourse area features
dealers from around the world, a club midway and many numismatic publishing and supply
companies. This year, more than 500 dealers will be in attendance. To reserve a bourse
table in Phoenix, call 719-482-9826 or e-mail convention@money.org.

The National Money Show is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday and
Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Show highlights include the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s $1 billion display – including
examples of $100,000 bills; the redesigned $5 bill’s first public appearance in Arizona; the
famous, multi-million dollar 1913 Liberty Head nickel; colorful, 19th century Arizona paper
money; and displays by the United States Mint. The annual spring show also features a
bourse with hundreds of dealers, dozens of exhibits in the Collector Gallery, and free
educational programs and activities for children and adults.

James Mann is the event’s general chairman, Alan Herbert is the honorary chairman and
Mark Lighterman is chief exhibit judge. The Phoenix Coin Club and the Mesa Coin Club are
the event’s host clubs, and Heritage Auction Galleries is the official auction company. For
more information on the National Money Show, visit www.money.org (select “National
Money Show” from the “Numismatic Events” dropdown menu).

The American Numismatic Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating
and encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps its
32,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast
array of programs including its education and outreach programs, museum, library,
publications, conventions and seminars. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit
www.money.org.

Idaho Quarter Ceremony Attracts Cabinet Secretaries, United States Mint Director to Historic Boise Ceremony

Treasury Secretary Paulson, Interior Secretary Kempthorne, United States Mint Director Moy and State Treasurer Crane Put Idaho on the 50 State Quarters® Map

Boise, Idaho – For the first time in the history of the 50 State Quarters® Program, two Cabinet Secretaries joined the Director of the United States Mint today to celebrate a state quarter. The Idaho commemorative quarter-dollar, featuring a peregrine falcon design, was praised by Secretary of the Treasury Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, and Director of the United States Mint Ed Moy. State Treasurer Ron G. Crane represented the state of Idaho at the event at the Boise Depot in a ceremony that also featured Peregrine Fund President J. Peter Jenny, “Cowboy Rudy” Gonzales and KTVB-TV weatherman Larry Gebert.

The peregrine falcon in profile is the prominent image on the Idaho quarter, the 43rd coin released by the United States Mint in the popular 50 State Quarters Program. Next to the peregrine falcon profile are a map of the state and the state motto, “Esto Perpetua” (May it Be Forever), and above the falcon are the inscriptions “Idaho” and “1890,” representing the year Idaho entered the Union.

“Today we celebrate a distinctive state quarter and the recovery of the peregrine falcon,” said Secretary of the Treasury Paulson. “Millions of Americans will have the chance to collect the Idaho quarter and learn more about this spectacular bird.”

“We are proud that Idaho took the lead in the recovery of the peregrine falcon. The greatest gift we have been given is our state’s natural beauty, and we have a sacred responsibility to protect and preserve it,” said Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne. “When our children hold Idaho’s quarter, it will serve as our promise to do better to conserve species.” Secretary Kempthorne formerly served as mayor of Boise and U.S. Senator and Governor of Idaho.

“The Idaho quarter contains many lessons in a very small space,” Director Moy said, “state geography, history, a little Latin and a big reminder of Idaho’s part in the remarkable comeback of the fastest bird in the world.” Moy pointed out that the “Kids & Teachers” page on the United States Mint website (http://www.usmint.gov/) features lesson plans about the Idaho quarter.

Following the ceremony, Secretary Paulson, Secretary Kempthorne, Director Moy and State Treasurer Crane handed out shiny, new Idaho quarters to the children in the crowd. Adults lined up to exchange their bills for $10 rolls of Idaho quarters.

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