Honesty would prove to be the best policy, as a $60,000 gold coin was
found and returned during the American Numismatic Association's National Money
Show in Portland, Ore.
Brian Hendelson of Classic Coin
Company in Bridgewater, N.J., was holding the coin for a dealer,
with interests of purchasing the 1879 Flowing Hair “Stella” gold $4
coin encapsulated by Professional Coin Grading Service as Proof,
genuine, tooled, AU details.
After setting up his booth
Friday, March, 4, he realized the coin was not in the pocket where he
had placed it.
“When I returned to my table, I
immediately saw the coin was not there. I was frantic and started to
look through all my boxes of coins to see if it was in one of them,”
“Several dealers also helped look for the
coin in the inventory boxes, but it was gone. The show was about to
close for the evening, and I reported the coin lost to the ANA
Luckily for Hendelson, collector Chris
Nokes of Kirkland, Wa., just happened to be wandering the halls of the
convention center a few hours earlier than expected, and found the
coin gleaming on the floor.
"I was going to the ANA
show because I wanted to sell some coins from my collection to raise
cash for the down payment on a house,” Nokes said.
“Because I arrived earlier than planned in Portland, I walked to the
convention center to get to know the route from my hotel. I saw a
coin on the hallway floor as I walked away from the ANA information
Hendelson’s $60,000 lapse proved
When he approached the security desk at the
convention center, he found his coin in the safe, in the same
condition as he had last seen it.
Nokes, who notes that he could’ve used $60,000 for a down payment on
a home, felt great about his gesture and was rewarded
A 1925 Saint-Gaudens $20 double eagle graded
MS-63 by the Professional Coin Grading Service, which is
valued at around $1,650 according to
Coin World's Coin Values, was given to Nokes.
In addition to giving the actual coin as a reward, Hendelson, who is
a candidate for the ANA Board of Governors, is
helping Nokes sell the coin, and charging no commission fee.
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