U.S. Postal Service investigators and the FBI are probing the
alleged disappearance from the mail stream of a 1795 Capped Bust,
Small Eagle, 9 Leaves gold $10 eagle that sold for $379,500 in New
York in an auction conducted by Spink Smythe.
The coin, graded Mint State 61 by Professional Coin Grading
Service, went missing sometime after Spink Smythe shipped the coin to
its new owner by registered mail on May 16. The coin has PCGS
certification number 19335299.
Matt Orsini from Spink Smythe (www.smytheonline.com) said June
28 that the package containing the coin was traced to the post office
in Western Springs, Ill., west of Chicago, but was not able to be
traced further. Orsini declined to disclose the coin’s intended final destination.
Orsini said Spink Smythe filed a claim for the missing coin with
the U.S. Postal Service after the coin failed to arrive at its
intended destination. Orsini told Coin World June 29 that the
FBI is now involved in the investigation.
Agapi Doulaveris, spokesperson in Arlington, Va., for the USPS
Office of Inspector General, confirmed June 29 that the USPSOIG is
aware of the missing coin. She said investigators are determining
whether the case is to be handled by investigators with the U.S.
Postal Inspection Service or the USPSOIG, depending on whether the
theft is considered to be internal or external.
The coin’s disappearance was also reported to the Numismatic
Crimes Information Center (www.numismaticcrimes.org).
Anyone with information about the missing coin is asked to contact
Orsini at Spink Smythe by telephone at (800) 556-7826; or Doug Davis
at NCIC by phone at (817) 723-7231 or by email sent to email@example.com. ■