Sunday, May 29, 2011

Man's $1 million rare coin collection flies out his car window

A man's rare coin collection worth about $1 million was scattered along Interstate 95 when the collector's car was involved in a rollover crash near mile marker 250.
A Boca Raton couple was heading north to a coin show in Jacksonville when the back passenger-side tire blew out in Volusia County. The SUV rolled, flipping at least five times, police said.
The rare collection went flying out of the car, spilling across the median.
The collector's wife's arm was fractured in the crash. The coin dealer's injuries were much worse.
The man initially refused to leave the scene. "He was in pain, but he was more worried about the money," Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Darryl Haywood Jr. said.
Rescue crews convinced the dealer, who they said has heart problems, that he needed to go to the hospital. "The pain started setting in. I think his adrenaline kicked in when it first happened," Haywood said.
The man tapped into his network of collectors in the area to help recover the coins. "Eight people came out with metal detectors."
Troopers stayed to help, too, and a tow truck driver found $46,000 in bills in the trees.
Haywood said those trying to cash in by searching for more coins can get a ticket for stopping along the interstate and that troopers are watching the area.

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