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(The Omaha Channel)   Man gets 1804 silver dollar, worth millions, as retirement gift   (theomahachannel.com) divider line 78
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2004-12-27 04:52:36 AM
I like how the guy who gave it to him bought it in China for $1 dollar, thinking whole-heartedly that that was it's worth.
I'd give him a dollar and keep the millions for myself.
 
2004-12-27 05:06:58 AM
yeah, i would only give him say 10 grand

just a way to say thanks... but
he didnt know what he gave him

he was thinkin ill give him a little cheapo coin, no problem... a keepsake... friend

fark him
take the money and run... and dont donate too much
you will be taxed on that principal gain.

take the cash, and run... help YOUR own family ... donate a little, like 5% tops... idiot
 
2004-12-27 06:46:28 AM
That story made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I think it's great that the guy wants to give half of it back. I'd like to think it's what I'd do in that situation.
 
2004-12-27 06:58:01 AM
Svoboda said hell split the sale of the coin 50-50 with the man who gave it to him. He'll spread the rest around to charities, his wife and five children.

HAHAH... Jokes on you, charity and family! 50+50=100%!

/suckers
 
2004-12-27 07:04:13 AM
Svoboda said the man who gave it to him didn't know its value. He bought it for $1 at a currency exchange in China. Svoboda said hell split the sale of the coin 50-50 with the man who gave it to him. He'll spread the rest around to charities, his wife and five children.



I'll now just sit back and watch all of the Farkers wallow about in the filth of their greed and avarice.

In their styes with all their backing
They don't care what goes on around
In their eyes there's something lacking
What they need's a damn good whacking
 
2004-12-27 07:16:06 AM
Cuchulane

I guess this means you'll be joining in as well?
 
2004-12-27 07:16:34 AM
What they need's a damn good whacking

"Oh Whacking Day.... Oh Whacking day....."
 
2004-12-27 07:23:47 AM
Damn the lucky! Damn them to hell!!
 
2004-12-27 07:23:51 AM
and all i got for my birthday was some socks!
 
2004-12-27 07:32:14 AM
So he got a million $$. At his retirement?

I know it was just a cheap trinket gift. But couldn't I get a cheap trinket like that right now?



/Maybe find it one in the attic or at a yard sale? That'd be fine.
 
2004-12-27 07:32:33 AM
What sux is, it seems like he doesn't have any backup. If there's a local shmoe like this guy in national media with a multi-million dollar coin in his pocket, he aint gonna last long without a few guys armed with uzi's.

There's too many people in this world who take first and ask questions later.
 
2004-12-27 07:34:31 AM
"This guy sat down with me, shook my hand and said, 'Happy retirement', and he handed me two coins," Svoboda said. "I got home and got to looking and said, 'Whoa, this is real rare.'"

Svoboda said the man who gave it to him didn't know its value. He bought it for $1 at a currency exchange in China. Svoboda said hell split the sale of the coin 50-50 with the man who gave it to him. He'll spread the rest around to charities, his wife and five children.


I'm calling SHENANIGANS. The facts of this story (other than fact Lou Svoboda really BELIEVES he's got some 200 year old coin) are so vague that it reeks.

Let me summarize:

"At some time, somewhere in China, some anonymous co-worker bought a $1 silver coin (which may or may not be real) from somebody who may or may not be Chinese".

Lou just wanted to make the news before he gets busted for pedophilia.
 
2004-12-27 07:37:53 AM


/ungrateful bastard
 
2004-12-27 07:49:13 AM
Damn, TheHappyCanadian, it's been a WHILE since I've heard mention of the HOT COCOA SAMPLER BOX. Good show.
 
2004-12-27 07:52:33 AM
i am sick of stories like this, planted into the news just to piss off the poor slob drones out there who will spend their entire lives working for the big machine, never catch a break of this nature, and die long before their retirement day arrives.

it's the monday after christmas and i'm back to work at 8am in the dirty little room where i spend 50 hours per week. i sincerely hope this guy drops his coin in a storm sewer and is then pummelled by a dump truck as he tries to retrieve it.
 
2004-12-27 07:53:42 AM
R.J. Fletcher unavailable for comment
 
2004-12-27 08:05:43 AM
If you buy this I've got these diaries by Hitler you might be interested in. And a memo in times roman with proportional spacing typed by a secretary with the Texas ANG in 1971 using a laser printer.
 
2004-12-27 08:07:16 AM
Surprise, Nebraska?

Quite literally, this time.
 
2004-12-27 08:18:23 AM
biggdunc -

Why the rage? Was Santa not good to you this year? :(
 
2004-12-27 08:22:00 AM
Svoboda said hell split the sale of the coin 50-50 with the man who gave it to him. He'll spread the rest around to charities

 
2004-12-27 08:22:55 AM
Hmm, how did that coin get to China? If there are only fifteen of them in existance, I don't think US did much trade with China around 1805 .
 
2004-12-27 08:24:49 AM
I'm going to go against the grain here and say that I'd totally split the money with the friend. That, of course, is assuming that it really is an 1804 silver dollar...
 
2004-12-27 08:24:57 AM
God, 2.7 million? I cant imagine that. I just felt lucky cause I won $2 off a lotto ticket, yea I'm that lame
 
2004-12-27 08:27:43 AM
Nice job, Dogbowl, you beat me to it.
 
2004-12-27 08:37:06 AM
if i were the lucky soul who got that coin i'de probably have no idea it was of any value and just skip it across a pond.
 
2004-12-27 08:38:11 AM
Dealers told KETV NewsWatch 7 that the only way to verify if this coin is one of the original 15 silver dollars is to examine it closely.

That's some hard-hitting, in-depth journalism from KETV NewsWatch 7.
 
2004-12-27 08:44:31 AM
http://chicago.craigslist.org/about/best/chi/52540073.html

Thank you for yet another 6 gallon bucket of popcorn
 
2004-12-27 08:47:21 AM
This guy will be driving through a farmer's market in 6 months tops.
 
2004-12-27 08:57:03 AM
Svoboda said the man who gave it to him didn't know its value. He bought it for $1 at a currency exchange in China. Svoboda said hell split the sale of the coin 50-50 with the man who gave it to him. He'll spread the rest around to charities, his wife and five children.

---

50% goes to the friend
50% goes to him
50% goes to charity and family

?
 
2004-12-27 09:00:04 AM
Why would a Chinese guy sell a coin that had the face value of $1 for a current American dollar???

Something is fishy.
 
2004-12-27 09:02:30 AM
This article is full of quotes from Captain Obvious. ...the only way to verify if this coin is one of the original 15 silver dollars is to examine it closely. As opposed to a casual glance? He's keeping the coin in a safe place until he decides to sell. You think? Good job, fellas.
 
2004-12-27 09:05:35 AM
He may have a counterfit:

Clicky
 
2004-12-27 09:18:47 AM
^-----I'd hit it.

/obligatory
 
2004-12-27 09:21:10 AM
Tis big steaming pile of BS.

If you want one, there are currently 6 to 8 of them available on Ebay.

The retiree is having fun. Friend give him a coin. "Looks" like the 1804 that is worth millions and they play it up. Some reporter in Asswipe Nebraska smells a story and writes an article with the hope it might make the national news lines and he'll make the big time. All the while the old farts are beering it up enjoying the gag.

Most counterfeit coins are made in China. Where was this one supposedly bought? China. Chances it's legitimate? None.

/Serious collector. Seen a real one. Will be shopping at the F.U.N. show in Orlando.
 
2004-12-27 09:23:32 AM
llDuffManll
50% goes to the friend
50% goes to him
50% goes to charity and family


2.7 million / 2 = 1.35 million each goes to him and his friend. 1.35 million is the amount he's sharing with charity and family... well, more like $500,000 after taxes. Uncle Sam wants his cut of your fabulous find.

 
2004-12-27 09:25:17 AM
If he has an offer of millions already, he should sell it now, before there's a chance it turns out to be fake. =P Well, meh.. I guess he could go the honest route.

It's nice that he's giving some money back to the guy... because, man, I think I'd kill someone if I gave away a coin and later found out it was worth $2.7 million... so really, now that I think about it, it's probably safest for the recipient to give some money back to the giver. =P
 
2004-12-27 09:42:30 AM
What a moron, I bet his 'friend' is laughing his ass off. I hope they both have a good sense of humor.
 
2004-12-27 09:44:55 AM
Yes, as SixCats so aptly put it, it is almost guaranteed to be a fake. There are 15 known examples, and the "pedigree", if you will, of each one, is well known to the hobby. In fact, even though the U.S. Mint did mint these 15 examples, none of them were actually minted in 1804.

"The 1804 dollar is among the most coveted U.S. rarities. Strangely enough, none of the 1804 dollars was struck in that year. In 1804 the United States Mint struck only 1803 dollars, and then stopped regular production of silver dollars until 1840. The 1804 dollar actually appeared in the period 1834-35, when the U.S. Department of State decided that a few coins with the unusual date 1804 might make excellent gifts to certain rulers in Asia in exchange for trade advantages. The appearance in 1962 of the set presented to the King of Siam, Rama III, between 1834 and 1836 confirmed this early purpose for the coins. In 1833 the King had signed a treaty of commerce with the United States.

The unusual history of the 1804 silver dollar extends to the details of when and how the coins were struck. The specimens struck during the 1830s are considered "originals" and constitute the Class I group--about seven are known. The coin given to the King of Siam comes from this group. Class II contains a single specimen. It was struck about 1858-59 over a Swiss coin, a "shooting taler" of 1857, perhaps as an experiment by employees of the U.S. Mint. Class III was produced in the 1850s at the Mint for collectors when coin collecting became more popular. They were struck in 1858-59 with an original obverse die and a reconstructed reverse die; the edge lettering was added later. About six specimens of these Class III coins survive. This display brings together, for the first time in U.S. numismatic history, examples of the three classes from the same collection--the National Numismatic Collection." -- Text from the National Numismatic Collection of the Smithsonian Institution

Read more about it here; http://www.americanhistory.si.edu/csr/nnc/1804/1804.htm
 
2004-12-27 09:50:32 AM


Wow, Beavis, a whole dollar! What are we gonna do with a dollar? Hey, let's go buy some gas!

/once bought a silver quarter from someone who couldn't get it to work in a vending machine
 
2004-12-27 09:58:22 AM
... the only way to verify if this coin is one of the original 15 silver dollars is to examine it closely.


I guess this guy was way off.. He could have just checked out the Fark comments. Much better than looking at the coin.
 
2004-12-27 10:13:52 AM
First, it's a silver dollar. It's not some cheap retirement gift. I'm sure the giver didn't know it was worth millions, but a silver dollar, just in terms of silver value is worth something like $25. An 1800 era silver dollar is going to be worth much more, just for historical purposes.

/It was a good gift.
 
2004-12-27 10:17:32 AM
Hmm, haven't been into coins for a bit, but I did not know know most counterfeit coins are made in China. Wonder what other good fakes they knock out there... other than DVD players that sort of work.
 
2004-12-27 10:22:29 AM
Svoboda hopes he can get $2.7 million. Hes keeping the coin in a safe place until he decides to sell.

Papillon style?
 
2004-12-27 10:40:52 AM
This coin is probably worth about as much as my 1997 gold plated Kennedy half dollar.
 
2004-12-27 10:41:55 AM
My great grandmother gave me an 1868 silver dollar when I was born. I wonder what it's worth? I never met her so I don't remember her, but I would remember a million dollars.
And I'll bet she would've wanted it that way.....
 
2004-12-27 10:48:25 AM
I'll now just sit back and watch all of the Farkers wallow about in the filth of their greed and avarice.
I almost never RTFA and seldom read the thread before spouting my inanities. For example, this was the 5th post.
 
2004-12-27 10:54:25 AM
Zyklon, there are about 162,000 of them in existence.

http://www.coinfacts.com/silver_dollars/seated_liberty_dollars/1868_silver_dol lar.htm

The best price recorded is around 5 grand. You know what you should do? Hang on to that sucker and pass it down through your family. Your great grandkids might be able to pay for their college with it.
 
2004-12-27 11:07:43 AM
WOG > Wiley Oriental Gentleman

Once again, "wiley" has been defined.
 
2004-12-27 11:07:51 AM
Wait, wait, I get it ... he's from a town, see, that's called SURPRISE. And he got a ... oh, this is good ... a SURPRISE. HA! Let's get the lead writers on this! Alert the Columbia regents. Oh, this is going to be good. Hold page one! A guy from SUPRISE got a SURPRISE! That's rich!
 
2004-12-27 11:08:07 AM
Point taken. 5 grand would only finance a 2-3 week drunken whoremongering rampage thru Thailand and the Philippines anyway.
Oh, wait...
 
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