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Reward offered for robbery info

A $10,000 reward is being offered jointly by the Professional Numismatists Guild and PNG member-dealer Kevin Lipton for information leading to the recovery of rare coins and paper money stolen from Lipton’s Beverly Hills, Calif., offices.

An unknown thief or thieves took more than a quarter-million dollars worth of numismatic items during a break-in on Oct. 19.

“Anyone with information that can help solve this crime is urged to contact Detective Max Subin of the Beverly Hills Police Department at (310) 285-2158, or call the PNG at (760) 728-1300,” said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

Among the items stolen is an uncut sheet of six $10 National Bank Notes from the First National Bank of Branchville, N.J., that is believed to be unique.

Seven MS-66 Saint-Gaudens double eagles, graded by PCGS or NGC and each with a CAC sticker were taken: 1924 PCGS serial numbers #50241932, #06607136 and #50251605; 1926 PCGS #50135319; 1927 PCGS #21671348 and NGC #56810901; and 1928 NGC #65499304. 

Other third-party certified coins taken in the burglary are 1904 $10 NGC MS-62; $20 gold pieces dated 1907 $20 NGC MS-63; 1911-D NGC MS-65, 1922 NGC MS-64, 1924 NGC MS-66 and 1928 NGC MS-64; and between 600 and 800 certified First Strike-designated silver American Eagles: 1991 PCGS MS-69; 1994 NGC MS-68; and 1999 PCGS MS-69.

The following “raw” U.S. coins were taken:

1837 half dime, MS-65
1858 half dime, MS-65
1859 half dime, Proof-64
1892 half dollar, Proof-64
1906 half dollar, Proof-64
1795 $1, fine/very fine
1797 $1, very fine
1868 $1, Proof-64
1913 $2.50, MS-63/64
1915-S Panama-Pacific $2.50, MS-64
1803/2 $5 AU-50
1810 $5 Large Date, Large 5, MS-63
1854-D $5, MS-61
1911-D $5, MS-62
1850 $10 Large Date, MS-61
Ten 1908 MS-63 Saint-Gaudens $20s   

Several individual and sets of proof American Eagle gold bullion coins in government cases, 39 French 20 francs pieces, and approximately 600 Canadian silver dollars dated 1935 to 1964 ranging in grades from very good to choice uncirculated also were stolen.

In addition to the Branchville uncut sheet of six $10 notes, other bank note items taken in the burglary are:

An orange-matted and framed sheet of six notes from the First National Bank of Brandon, Vt.; four $20 notes and two $10 notes; and a box containing miscellaneous, low-grade Silver Certificates and world bank notes.

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