A collector’s stall in Sheung Wan was robbed for HK$80,000 in coins and banknotes

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A numismatic stall in Sheung Wan was robbed of coins and banknotes worth more than HK$80,000 on Thursday morning after the lock on the iron door was broken.

Numismatics is the study or collection of currency, including coins, tokens, paper money, medals, and related items.

The stand is located on Tung Street, and the suspected burglary was reported to police at 11:50 a.m.

The attendant at a nearby stall was cleaning the area when she discovered the lock on the coin-operated stall was broken and immediately called the 51-year-old operator nicknamed Man.

Officers later arrived and estimated that around HK$20,000 in silver coins, HK$50,000 in Hong Kong notes and HK$10,000 in mainland banknotes were missing.

The case is listed as Criminal Damage and Theft and is now being handled by the Central District Criminal Investigation Team. So far, no one has been arrested.

According to the nearby merchant surnamed Fung, his wife usually goes to the stall early to clean up the store and the cigarette butts on the street. She discovered that the coin booth lock had been damaged during cleaning this morning and suspected a burglary had occurred before contacting Man.

Fung added that they would properly lock their property due to fears of possible burglary in the future, adding that such a crime in the area is extremely rare.

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