willieboyd2 Posted October 13, 2006 Report Share Posted October 13, 2006 Heads, It's a 1796 Dollar; Tails, It's a Skid Row Slug (From Los Angeles Times, October 13, 2006) The LAPD confiscates what may be rare coins that are cropping up among the homeless. It wasn't exactly the kind of transaction a police officer walking the beat on skid row is used to seeing. Patrolling 5th Street on Sunday afternoon, Los Angeles police Capt. Andrew Smith noticed two men on the sidewalk selling small, shiny items. For $20 each, the men were offering 24 silver dollars from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries — some bearing dates that would make them nearly as old as Los Angeles itself. The 1796 and 1799 coins portray Lady Liberty with a draped bust and are emblazoned with stars and the word "Liberty." Silver dollars from 1840 and 1873 show Lady Liberty seated. Some of the coins appeared to differ from images on coin collection websites. For example, the 1796 coin has 13 stars while images found online have 15. An 1871 coin appeared to have a design that a website said was first used in 1873. Coin experts said the 18th-century coins would be by far the most valuable of the batch if they are authentic. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-co...1,7442331.story Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.