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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Antique coins, bank notes stolen from Annandale couple's car

An elderly couple who live on the 3800 block of Stuart Court in Annandale’s Broyhill Crest neighborhood are devastated by the theft of their collection of antique coins and bank notes valued at $300,000 to $500,000.

They had just returned home after attending a coin show in Charlottesville Saturday, April 14, at around 7:20 p.m., and briefly went inside their house, leaving their car in the driveway. When they returned 10 minutes later, at about 7:20 p.m., they discovered their entire collection was gone.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, the items were inside three brown leather briefcases, two document holders, and a leather backpack hidden under a blanket in the rear hatch area of the car. Detectives believe the suspect might have followed the victims home from the coin show.

Among the items stolen: a 1932 Indian gold piece, 1929 notes from various Virginia banks, numerous commemorative half dollars, two 1934 $1,000 notes, many Indian head pennies, and various Confederate notes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers, 866/411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637). A $100 to $1,000 cash reward will be paid for information that leads to an arrest. As always, callers never have to give their names or appear in court.


  1. Its either a neighbor or some form of insurance fraud. I have a really hard time believing that hardcore collectors such as these wouldn't carrying a briefcase containing several hundred thousand dollars worth of coins/bank notes inside the car. Its not like the bank notes were going to be that heavy, just seems odd to leave them like that. It seems odd that a person just happens to follow them home such a long distance and just happens to find the items left unattended in an unlocked car the moment the couple gets home. They might have been stolen by another person, maybe just maybe the other person was in on it.

  2. Anonymous: You obviously arent a collector. When in the realm of other collectors you feel 99 percent safe. I suspect they may be part-time dealers or they were trying to liquidate their collection at the show.
    I live close and the neighborhood ain't what it was. My heart goes out to them.

  3. sounds like an inside job.