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Robbery on coin dealer Chris Pouloglou - £100,000 reward
« on: September 27, 2021, 09:38:52 PM »
Last weekend the Coinex fair was held in The Biltmore Mayfair Hotel in London. On Saturday 25 September, coin dealer Chris Pouloglou of the company SVcollector, who represented Greece on the fair, was robbed in his hotel room. A significant amount of valuable coins were stolen. 90% of the pieces were numismatic coins in slabs, mainly British. The other 10% were bullion coins. Some of the coins belonged to customers of Mr Pouloglou who had provided them to him to be sold on the fair. Lists of the stolen items were provided to grading company NGC, the British Numismatic Trade Association (BNTA) and the International Association of Professional Numismatists (IAPN). Mr Pouloglou works closely with the police who are following through with several lines of enquiry. He offers a reward of £100,000 for information that will lead to the return of the stolen coins.

List of the stolen coins:

1838 Victoria gold sovereign MS64 PCGS cert number 28440033
1937 5 pound PF66 NGC cert 5880465006
10 Thaler 1833 MS62 PCGS cert 40314633
The Who 200P gold PF70 NGC FR 6133320001
2012 Elizabeth II 5 pound MS70 NGC cert 6135548005
1848 Victoria First head XF45 PCGS cert 34765053
1893 Victoria 2 pound MS63 cert 4439616001
1803 1/2 guinea MS63 NGC cert 4787270001
1911 Proof sovereign PR65+ NGC cert 2118066004
1826 George IV pf64 Cameo half NGC cert 2118066001
1858 Napoleon 100 francs MS62 NGC cert 4251782002
1917 George V London MS62 cert 35779561
5 x 2021 Edwards Restrike 5 pounds PCGS
1887 Gold and Silver set in Brown Spink case with red velvet UNC
Around 12 x 5 pounds BU with Boxes
2019 Victoria perth mint 2 ounce gold coin in case, there is a significant scuff on the right in Queens Portrait.
2020 George III 2 ounce gold PF70 5880721048
1911 PF63 sovereign NGC cert 2616429-013
1997 proof set with 50£ banknote cert on the box was EP50 000087
1911 PF66CAMEO PCGS sovereign
19 morgan dollars 1880-S MS63-64
1935 Silver Jubilee proof gold medal 123,28gr
There is a significant edge knock above the flag.
1843 Narrow shield XF45 PCGS cert number 39088128
2021 Britannia with Lion 200P NGC cert 5781919001
2021 Griffin PF70 NGC 100P cert 5779486001
2021 Completer 100P BU MS69 NGC cert 5782458004
2021 Completer 100 P BU MS68 NGC cert 5782458003
1916 -T German East Africa MS63 NGC cert 663652009
1817 George III MS64 half PCGS
1871 Victoria Shield MS65 NGC
1937 Edwards Matte restrike sov PF70
1900 20 Kronor MS65 PCGS cert 37204936
2020 Pay attention 200P PF70 cert 6028094001
2020 Pay attention 100p pf69 cert 6028094004
1977 South Africa - ounce proof cert no M3232 point 112 Gold coin Exchange
1828 Sardinia 80L AU55 NGC cert 3934678001
MS62 1837 sovereign. NgC 1915155-001
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Re: Robbery on coin dealer Chris Pouloglou - £100,000 reward
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2021, 10:33:42 PM »
The above information was posted here for informational purposes only. People are free to make up their own minds. Personally, I have some doubts about this story. For example there is a complete lack of details of what actually happened during the robbery. The heigth of the reward is also very unusual, almost as if he knows that the coins will never resurface anyway. Furthermore, after a difficult COVID period, it is not hard to think of a possible motive. The coin dealer has 2 physical shops in Greece. It could be very convenient for some stock to disappear and to cash in on the insurance. He has a good reputation though and I would certainly love to be proven wrong, if my doubts turn out to be unjustified.
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Re: Robbery on coin dealer Chris Pouloglou - £100,000 reward
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2021, 08:04:30 PM »
Hmm... the no insurance part was not mentioned in any of his earlier accounts. Maybe he feared criticism over it. But it does make his story more likely to be true, and makes the height of the reward more understandable. Sad for him, but it is of course incredibly dumb for someone to leave 500,000 pounds worth of possessions unattended while knowing that they are not insured. And the lower staff of hotels indeed are often not the brightest bulbs on the Christmas tree. I had it happen myself when I needed a second keycard for my hotelroom, and they would make one for me without asking for my name or any other details, neither did I have to show the original key. ::)

So far 5,500 pounds were donated to the fundraiser for him.

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Re: Robbery on coin dealer Chris Pouloglou - £100,000 reward
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2021, 08:08:29 PM »
Why would someone leave 500,000 pounds worth of coins unattended in a hotel room while he went to dinner? Didn't the hotel have a safe where he could have left them for safety?

At large shows in the US security services are often offered to exhibitors and dealers. Their stock is secured at their tables on the bourse, then the exhibit hall is sealed and guarded by off-duty police officers or other competent security personnel.

I'm sorry to hear of the loss though. Something like this hurts everyone in the hobby.

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