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Collector’s stall in Sheung Wan robbed of HK$80,000 in coins and banknotes

A numismatics stall in Sheung Wan was robbed of coins and banknotes worth over HK$80,000 Thursday morning after the lock on the iron gate was broken.
Numismatics is the study or collection of currency, including coins, tokens, paper money, medals and related objects.

The stall is located on Tung Street, and the suspected burglary was reported to police at 11.50am.

The keeper of a neighboring stall was cleaning the area when she found the lock of the coin stall was broken and immediately called the 51-year-old female operator surnamed Man.

Officers later arrived and estimated about HK$20,000 of silver coins, HK$50,000 of Hong Kong banknotes, and HK$10,000 of mainland banknotes were gone.

The case is listed as criminal damage and theft and is now handled by the Central district crime investigation team. So far, no one has been arrested.

According to the neighboring stall keeper surnamed Fung, his wife usually goes to the stall early to clean the shop and the cigarette butts on the street. She found the lock of the coin stall was damaged while cleaning this morning and suspected a burglary occurred before contacting Man.

Fung added they will be locking their goods properly over worries of a possible burglary in the future, adding that such crime in the area is exceedingly rare.
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