Sestertii stolen in the mail )-;

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  1. Julius Germanicus

    Julius Germanicus Well-Known Member

    Dear coin friends,

    I have just received the terrible (for me) news that an insured letter of mine on the way to certification in the USA was deliberately cut open while on transit and all the contents removed.

    Included were the following four Sestertii and one Dupondius which may not be of the highest grade, rarity or value, but were very dear to me. If you happen to see any of them on offer anywhere, please send me a PM.

    With utmost sadness, JG

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    Lucius Verus Sestertius

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    Domitian Sestertius

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    Faustina I Sestertius

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    Geta Sestertius

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    Antonia Sestertius

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  3. robinjojo

    robinjojo Supporter! Supporter

    Last edited: May 27, 2022
  4. Jfp7375

    Jfp7375 Member

    Dang, that's brutal man.

    Very nice coins, sorry you lost them :(
  5. Johndakerftw

    Johndakerftw Mr. Rogers is My Hero

    I am so sorry, @Julius Germanicus. :( What a horrible thing to happen!

    I hope they can do some kind of investigation, not that it would bring any solace.

    Those coins were really nice.

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  6. Gavin Richardson

    Gavin Richardson Well-Known Member

    Sorry to hear that. Wish we had a dislike button.
  7. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Sorry for the loss. Those are some nice coins too. :mad:
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  8. Limes

    Limes Supporter! Supporter

    Thats terrible! Sorry to hear that. Those were very nice coins. I really hope they will turn up somewhere and get reuinited with you.
    Maybe send word out to some dealers around where they were stolen, and keep checking eBay?
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  9. robinjojo

    robinjojo Supporter! Supporter

    One more suggestion.

    In the future send your coins by registered mail, whether domestically or internationally. Registered mail can be very slow, but it is the safest way to send anything of value. With registered mail the letter or package is reported at each stop in the transit, so there is a record of its status at each point.

    Again, sorry about the lost coins.
  10. Bob L.

    Bob L. Well-Known Member

    Awful. Such nice coins, too.

    Sorry this happened.
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  11. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter 3rd Century Usurper

    I am so sorry Julius. I can only imagine the sense of loss and frustration. I hope that you can recover them some time.
  12. Dafydd

    Dafydd Supporter! Supporter

    This is dreadful and I commiserate with you. Registered is always best because at best it identifies the point at which it is handled and lost and this is often covered by CCTV, not from my experience but that of a friend who "lost" something in transit.
    One thing, with the coin community and the way these things sell on line, there is a chance of recovery as long as you put the investment in time in. Register the descriptions on Ebay on your "wanted" list as these clowns will try and dispose of them rapidly as they are opportunists not specialists.
    Detectives love an "easy win".
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  13. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    I am sorry for your loss. I would think someone in the trail of custody of this package got it. Does your mail facility know you collect coins?
    I would send a Dummy package exactly like the other one and see if it disappears. I guess I have no solution without a signature every step of the way.
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  14. nerosmyfavorite68

    nerosmyfavorite68 Well-Known Member

    That's awful.

    Was it from Europe or somewhere else, or a purely domestic letter?

    I've had one coin mauled and lost due to a machine failure, but I've been fortunate enough not to have that. I had a package of reels arrive empty, but that was because of horrendous packing.
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  15. octavius

    octavius Well-Known Member

    What a loathsome thing for someone to do. I will definitely keep an eye out for you.
  16. DonnaML

    DonnaML Well-Known Member

    I'm so sorry. We'll all keep our eyes open.
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  17. Julius Germanicus

    Julius Germanicus Well-Known Member

    Thank you all for your kind words!

    I actually did send my coins via registered mail from Hamburg to California on April 29. Sadly the insurance only covers 500 Euros which is less than what a paid for the bronzes.
    Tracking shows they had been processed at the export parcel service in Rodgau on the next morning and were at Frankfurt airport at noon the same day (April 30).
    The letter arrived at USPS Jersey City Distribution Center on May 13 and was in transit to the next facility on May 17. It arrived at USPS Springfield Distribution Center on May 22 and left from there on May 23.
    When they arrived in the ACCS PO Box on May 25, the box was empty :bigtears:

    I would think they got stolen while in USPS custody because that is where they spent three and a half weeks.

    The notice came from David Sear. Nobody at the USPS seems to have noticed that the box had been messed with.
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  18. Dwarf

    Dwarf Active Member

    Trying to give an advise for any future shipments

    Internationally I prefer carriers (UPS for me).
    Packing: pack a "box in a box" and use quite large boxes.
    It is just more secure than envelopes with a cardboard protection inside.

    Thefts usually happen at the "hubs"

  19. Harry G

    Harry G Well-Known Member

    Oof, that really sucks. I'll certainly keep an eye out.

    It may be worth checking new eBay listings, as well as Facebook Marketplace (they'll probably want to quickly get rid of it locally)
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  20. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    This is just terrible news. Since I do a lot of eBay bottom-feeding, I'll watch out for these sestertii showing up.
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  21. robinjojo

    robinjojo Supporter! Supporter

    That's terrible! It is very upsetting when something like this occurs. I've had two instances of coins disappearing due to theft.

    Can you get a photo of the empty box from David Sear, plus something in writing from him that the box arrived empty?

    You might want to report the theft to the USPS and file a claim, and as an option report the theft to the USPS Inspector General.

    If you file a missing mail report it will start a tracing process with the USPS. Since the shipment was registered they should be able to examine each stop that the package made while in the USPS.
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