Coins, banknotes, sports cards stolen from Niagara home

A 1948 silver dollar plus other mostly Canadian coins, banknotes and sports collector cards valued at more than $50,000 have been reported stolen from a home in the Niagara Region community of Lincoln, Ont.

In a press release, the Niagara Regional Police said the items were stolen between May 10 and May 23, when someone entered the home through a basement window.

“The suspect stole a Sentry locked two-ft. by two-ft. safe,” the release states. “On the safe was a decorative box. The box and safe contained collector coins, cash, and sports collector cards.  The thief also stole alcohol, frozen seafood, and a piece of Swiss Gear carry-on luggage.”

Police say the sports cards were stored in protector sleeves and described as being in “excellent condition.”

Canada’s 1948 silver dollar commands a high premium as it has the lowest mintage – 18,782 – of all silver dollars released into Canadian circulation between 1935 and 1967, the last year of issue.

The other reported stolen Canadian coins and banknotes include:

  • 21 silver dollars dated 1950-67, including four different 1967 dollars;
  • eight random silver dollars from 1950-67;
  • two 1958 “totem pole” dollars, one graded with a “cameo” designation;
  • a mixed lot of 209 25-cent coins from 1950-67;
  • 32 50-cent coins from 1950-67;
  • 2.3 ounces of broken gold from necklaces, bracelets and rings;
  • three 1954 $1 “Devil’s Face” banknotes;
  • three 1954 $5 notes;
  • two $10 1954 notes;
  • two $50 1954 notes;
  • one $100 1954 note;
  • two 1987 U.S. silver dollars;
  • two U.S. Morgan dollars; and
  • one 1999 U.S. silver dollar.

The collector cards reported stolen include:

  • Shaquille O’Neal NBA Hoops card 1992-1993 “Magic’s all-rookie team card”;
  • Jaromir Jagr OPC Premiere card 1990-1991 #50;
  • Wayne Gretzky OPC Premiere card 1979;
  • Patrick Mahomes 2017 Panini card 2017;
  • Jack Hughes Young Guns 2019;
  • Alex Ovechkin #443 2005;
  • Sydney Crosby #201 Young Guns 2005;
  • Patrick Roy OPC 1986-1987 #53 Hillcrest;
  • Mario Lemieux Hillcrest 1985-1986;
  • Connor McDavid 2015 Young Guns #201;
  • Leon Draisaitl Young Guns 2014 #223;
  • Jason Robertson Upper Deck 2020-2021 #235;
  • Austin Matthews Young Guns 2016 #201;
  • Mitch Marner 2016 Young Guns #468;
  • David Pastrnak 2014-2015 Young Guns;
  • Joe Montana Topps 1981 #216;
  • Tom Brady Rookie Card 2000 Bowman #236;
  • 1964 Topps Colour Full Set; and
  • 1964 Diary Series Full Set colour.

Police say the “stolen cards and coins have significant sentimental value to the victim.”

“Retail and private collectors are asked to report any recent suspicious attempted sales of collectable cards, coins or cash.”

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the investigating officer by calling 905-688-4111, option 3, 1009588. Anyone wishing to provide information anonymously can contact Crime Stoppers of Niagara at 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards to persons who contact the program with information which leads to an arrest.

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