A rare and valuable coin submitted to NGC for grading during the recent Suburban Washington/Baltimore coin show was recognized by NGC as one reportedly stolen last January.
A rare and valuable coin submitted to NGC for grading
during the recent Suburban Washington/Baltimore coin
show was recognized by NGC as one reportedly stolen
last January. The 1919-S quarter dollar has now been
certified and encapsulated, and soon it will be returned
to its rightful owner.
A $10,000 reward was offered at the time by dealer David
Schweitz for the return of his coin stolen during lot
pickup for Superior Auctions' sale in conjunction with
the FUN show on January 5, 2004. At that time the coin
was in a PCGS holder and graded MS-67 FH (full head).
Nothing more was heard of this coin until it surfaced
raw (unencapsulated) during the July 8-10 Baltimore
Submitted to NGC for grading and encapsulation, it seemed
quite familiar to NGC Chairman Mark Salzberg, who was
serving as Grading Finalizer for the NGC team. Salzberg,
who has a phenomenal memory for the coins he's seen,
believed it to be the piece reported as stolen in January.
Confirmation of this was made by NGC with Superior and
with David Schweitz, who was pleasantly surprised to
discover that his coin had been recovered and permitted
NGC to proceed with the grading and encapsulation on
his behalf. The name of the person submitting the coin
to NGC at the show has not been released, pending an
The recovered 1919-S Standing Liberty quarter is now
in an NGC holder with the grade of MS-67 FH. A fully
struck gem, it features an amazingly sharp strike throughout
and light amber toning around its peripheries. It is
the finest example of this scarce issue certified by
David Schweitz was delighted at the recovery of his
coin: "I want to thank the entire staff at NGC
and Mark Salzberg in particular for his sharp eye."
To express his gratitude, Schweitz is donating $5,000
to the American Numismatic Association on behalf of