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Police Recover Stolen Civil War-Era Coins

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  Six extremely rare Civil War-era coins stolen last month from the St. Louis Museum of Transportation have been recovered.

The coins had been part of an exhibit entitled “Money of the U.S. Civil War”, and had disappeared shortly after they were put on display with several other coins last month.

Larry Shepherd, executive director of the American Numismatic Association which owns the coins, says the coins were recovered by the St. Louis County police department, but he offered no other details on how the coins were recovered.

Shepherd does say in a news release that the ANA will ask police to pursue and investigation and press charges against those responsible for the theft.

Shortly after the coins were stolen, however, Museum of Transportation president Dave Hahner made a public appeal for their return, saying at the time that “we won’t press charges, no questions asked.”

The stolen coins had all been minted between 1849 and 1862, with the most valuable single coin being an 1862 half-eagle valued at $15,000.

But when they disappeared, officials said in reality the coins are virtually priceless because of their age and rarity.

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