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1870-S Half Dime Question

VeepVeep Posts: 1,392 ✭✭✭✭

The current Coin World has a story about this unique coin. In the story, it’s mentioned that the coin was discovered in a Chicago dealer’s junk box in 1978. Does anyone know whom that dealer was?

"Let me tell ya Bud, you can buy junk anytime!"

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  • rokkyrokky Posts: 308 ✭✭✭✭

    I don’t know, but I’d love to. See if he’s still around so I can pay him a visit and do some cherrypicking myself Lol

  • oih82w8oih82w8 Posts: 11,660 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited June 23, 2022 9:19AM

    Not buying that "junk box" find story. A MS coin that was found in a junk box? Not unless someone "planted" it to get rid of it, or a similar story like the Salvation Army kettle gold coins that are donated at Christmas time. Very doubtful.

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  • TreashuntTreashunt Posts: 6,746 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @oih82w8 said:
    Not buying that "junk box" find story. A MS coin that was found in a junk box? Not unless someone "planted" it to get rid of it, or a similar story like the Salvation Army kettle gold coins that are donated at Christmas time. Very doubtful.

    agreed

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  • rheddenrhedden Posts: 6,526 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I believe the coin was stolen from the cornerstone of the San Francisco Mint, and a cover story was cooked up to obscure its origins. I have no evidence to support this conspiracy theory whatsoever, but wouldn't it be one of the greatest numismatic crimes ever?

  • VeepVeep Posts: 1,392 ✭✭✭✭

    Amazing story! I knew someone here could add-in some details

    "Let me tell ya Bud, you can buy junk anytime!"

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