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Great Coin Heist at State Library of New South Wales

By Ursula Kampmann
Translated by Honeycutshome

August 14, 2014 – In the afternoon of 7 August, 2014, 12 of the 15 coins displayed were stolen from the public display at the State Library of New South Wales / Sidney. They included an extremely rare ‘Holey Dollar’ with dump from 1810 as well other rare Australian coins, dating mostly from between 1850 and 1920.

Holey Dollar, original date 1810. Photo: State Library of New South Wales.

Holey Dollar, original date 1810. Photo: State Library of New South Wales.

The thief had to break some heavily secured showcases open with a steel tool in order to get his hands on the coins which surely generated some noise. Apparently, he chose the quiet afternoon to accomplish his brazen heist.

Dump from 1813. Photo: State Library of New South Wales.

Dump from 1813. Photo: State Library of New South Wales.

This crime may very well be connected with another one. Only two hours after the incident, a thief broke a glass cabinet in a hotel open and stole jewelry worth about €50,000.

Pictures and a video can be viewed here.

Information on the historical backdrop of the Holey Dollar you can find at CoinsWeekly, naturally.

 

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