Louisville police investigating major theft of extensive early political items collection

Victim places value of stolen memorabilia at $1.4 million
By , Coin World
Published : 03/02/16
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Police in Louisville, Ky., continue to investigate the Dec. 27, 2015, theft of early political campaign items from attorney Scott Dolson that the collector values at $1.4 million.

Of the roughly 1,200 items reported stolen, 18 pieces were recovered after they were sold to a coin dealer at his shop in Allentown, Pa.

No arrests have been made. The stolen items were not insured, according to Dolson.

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A 48-page listing of the items stolen, many illustrated, can be found on the website of the American Political Items Collectors here.

What's missing?

Dolson estimates the number of items taken in the burglary at approximately 1,200 pieces. The person or persons involved broke into Dolson's home while the family was away for the holiday and used a cutting torch to gain access to a gun safe where the collection was housed. The thief or thieves unsuccessfully tried to gain access to another safe in another room in the basement.

Dolson reported the following additional information to Coin World:

"Stolen was probably the most complete collection of 19th century political campaign medals/tokens. Most of the pieces in the collection are in outstanding condition. It was more complete than the Ford [John J. Ford Jr.] medals collection and included medals from the Charlie McSorley collection, the Zabriskie collection (probably 10 or so silver medals from this collection) and the Ford Collection (about 60 slabbed pieces). About 200 silver campaign medals in all, along with most of the early rare Jackson, John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren and William Henry Harrison medals. Most all of the campaign medals that are included in the Sullivan/DeWitt book on campaign medals were in the collection and stolen. About 150 or so Bryan money pieces were also stolen. They didn’t take some of the larger political medals that were in trays, so those are missing from the attached list of stolen medals. 

"18 pieces (including 4 slabbed items from the Ford collection) were recovered when sold through a coin store in Allentown PA."

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