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WTC E-Book Section Review

Here is a basic timeline of the discovery and retrieval of the WTC Coins

Oct. 30, 2001: News reports confirm that “a small army of federal agents” stood guard as two Brinks armored trucks worth of gold from underneath Tower #5 of the World Trade Center. In order to reach the cache, workers had to get around a 10 wheeled truck and crushed cars.

Oct 31, 2001: Mayor Rudy Giuliani confirms that much of the lost treasure under 4 World Trade Center has been recovered.

Nov 1, 2001: Iron Mountain Vault that is directly under Tower 4 of the WTC is finally reached, with the coins therein transferred via Brinks armored trucks to storage facilities.

November-December, 2001: The coins are slowly recovered, and eventually sent to Collectors Universe, which is not a grading company itself. CU lists the coins as “Gem Uncirculated”.

Dec. 1, 2001 – June 2002: PCGS starts grading and cataloguing the recovered coins.

While the history of the recovered World Trade Center coins has been surrounded by debate and controversy, it is notable that Collector’s Universe raised some $42,000 for members of the NYFD and their families via the Uniformed Fire Fighters Association Widows and Children's Fund through the sale of some of the coins.

You can get the whole 60 page ebook on ebay or direct here on wtc911coins

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The strangest WTC coin story

The story of the silver 10 Peso from Uruguay, why did somebody have 5,000 of these coins in the vault under the World Trade Center, its from 1961 and its silver, but the coins are Uncirculated so maybe somebody though it was a good investment in silver coins at the time and bough a whole lot of them I am not sure. But the story is that these coins where some of the first coins to be graded by Collectors Universe and that there where 5,000 coins of this 10 Peso silver coin from 1961.

The coin is frequent on ebay and always at a great price for a WTC coin

PCGS 1961 10 PESOS REPUBLICA ORIENTAL DEL URUGUAY WTC GROUND ZERO RECOVERY
PCGS 1961 10 PESOS REPUBLICA ORIENTAL DEL URUGUAY WTC GROUND ZERO RECOVERY
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1961 Silver 10 Pesos 9 11 01 PCGS Gem Uncirculated WTC Ground Zero Recovery
1961 Silver 10 Pesos 9 11 01 PCGS Gem Uncirculated WTC Ground Zero Recovery
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Rare ICG 1961 Del Urguay Silver 10 Pesos MS69 9 11 WTC Ground Zero Recovery Coin
Rare ICG 1961 Del Urguay Silver 10 Pesos MS69 9 11 WTC Ground Zero Recovery Coin
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1961 Silver 10 Pesos 9 11 01 PCGS Gem Uncirculated WTC Ground Zero Recovery
1961 Silver 10 Pesos 9 11 01 PCGS Gem Uncirculated WTC Ground Zero Recovery
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PCGS 1961 10 PESOS REPUBLICA WORLD TRADE CENTER WTC GROUND ZERO RECOVERY
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PCGS Error On Slabs from WTC

So I think I have talked about the error's that PCGS made on some of the slabs that has the WTC coins in them, just got another examplet that comes from Bobby he has two coins both in the 1 of 1ooo series. As you can see on these pages the 1 of 1000 series should be a 1 oz silver coin MS69 from 2001 and a 1999 1/4 gold eagle also MS69. Well Bobby is sending me a picture of 2 coins both WTC 2001 1 oz silver coin but have a look at the flag insert on the coins.

wtc 1 of 1000

Both coins have the 1 of 1000 on them but one is MS69 the other is Gem Uncirculated. I wonder if more coins like this is out there. As always please send me pictures of coins that are special in some way or not posted on these pages as I want all the WTC coins to be up here at some point. I am not sure what to think about this coin, as with other coins we have seen from the WTC coin collection it did look like PCGS was ina bit of a rush when grading the coins. As Bobby points out the coin graded Gem Uncirculated is from Collectors Universe as can be seen on the back of the coin and we know that Collectors Universe parent company to PCGS did all the early grading and only certifed coins as have come from the WTC vault but never grade anything with MS eventhough some of the Gem coins they certified looks good enough to be MS material. So that could be a possible explaination that this coin was a coin that got graded right before PCGS took over. Another possible senario could be that some coins graded in the 1 of 1000 series was all graded at first by collectors universe and was later send back for MS grading at PCGS this one for some reason did not make it back. This could be confirm if all other coins in the series all where grade by PCGS ( look at the back)

Many other possible reasons but that is what I could come  up with from what I know about the coins.

Here is the back image of the two coins.

wtc-back

1998 Gold Eagle 5 WTC Ground Zero Recovery 9 11 01 PCGS MS69
1998 Gold Eagle 5 WTC Ground Zero Recovery 9 11 01 PCGS MS69
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1993 American Gold Eagle 9 11 01 WTC Recovery PCGS MS 64  Free Shipping
1993 American Gold Eagle 9 11 01 WTC Recovery PCGS MS 64 Free Shipping
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2000 1 SILVER EAGLE PCGS GEM UNCIRCULATED 9 11 01 WTC GROUND ZERO RECOVERY
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2001 Gold  Silver Eagle 1 of 1440 complete set WTC World Trade Center 911
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2001 1 AMERICAN SILVER EAGLE PCGS GEM UNCIRCULATED 9 11 01 WTC GROUND ZERO
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Recovered at WTC GROUND ZERO 2001 American Eagle Silver Dollar superb Gem BU
Recovered at WTC GROUND ZERO 2001 American Eagle Silver Dollar superb Gem BU
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2001 Silver Eagle 9 11 01 WTC Ground Zero Twin Towers Recovery Coin Grade MS 70
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2001 American Gold Eagle WTC Ground Zero Recovery Gem Unc 1 of 531 PCGS Graded
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2001 American Silver Eagle Recovered from WTC Ground Zero
2001 American Silver Eagle Recovered from WTC Ground Zero
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1991 silver eagle WTC Ground Zero Recovery 9 11 01 PCGS Gem Unc B9552
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WTC Recovery Silver Eagles

WTC Recovery Silver Eagles are probably in the numbers from 50,000 to 100,000 total Silver Eagles recovered from the vault under the world trade center. The total number is not release yet by PCGS but most people that I have talked to think the numbers is around these figures. Now over 80% of all the coins that came out of the World Trade Center vault was certified by PCGS and Collectors Universe as Gem Uncirculated and not with an MS grading.

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2001 $25 1 of 269 WTC

$25 1 of 269

Year 2001
Material Gold 1/2 Oz.
PCGS Certification Gem Uncirculated 1 of 269
Population Less than 269

2001 $25 Gold Eagle found at the vault of the world trade center and graded by PCGS or Collectors Universe. This coin was part of a series that is 1 of 269. Sold at auction for $1,955.00 back in May 2007

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