November 14, 2017 – This goes out to the few of you that think it’s OK to abscond with our coins, money or both. NEWS FLASH – This is called stealing, and will not be tolerated. We want to let our position on this type of activity be known. First, we will prosecute you to the full extent of the law. Second, we will NOT protect your identity. We believe that if you steal from us, you will probably also steal from one of our fellow dealers (or worse yet, one of our customers). A thief is a thief!
Individual #1 – Edwin Allen Owen; aka “Doc” Owen (to the best of our knowledge, not an actual doctor), DOB: 11/04/1953, SSN: 556-70-2774; currently living with his brother, Marty, at 8740 Tuscany Ave. Apt 210, Playa Del Ray, CA 90293-8655. We currently have judgments against Owen in Maryland, Arizona and California. Owen owes us approximately $50,000.00 for an 1815/2 Half Dollar, NGC MS-64 and a 1900 Morgan Dollar, NGC PR-66 CAMEO *, both of which he absconded with in 2011 and never paid for. Owen does occasionally resurface in the coin industry, and given his history with ourselves and other dealers, should be considered both a substantial financial and legal risk.
Individual #2 – Matthew G. Rhodes, DOB: May 13, 1967; currently residing at 24118 Woodway Terrace, Beachwood, OH 44122 w/ a mailing address of 1284 SOM Center Rd. Box 163, Cleveland, OH 44124. Rhodes absconded with an 1859-O Liberty Seated Dollar, PCGS MS-61 valued at approximately $1800.00 on November 21, 2016. After winning an ANA mediation case against Rhodes for failure to return or pay for our coin, Rhodes was subsequently expelled from the ANA, an expulsion that he is presently appealing. Once Rhodes has exhausted all of his ANA appeals, we intend on presenting our case to the Ohio state’s attorney for criminal prosecution. Rhodes, in our estimation, is a sociopathic liar, con man and thief, who poses a risk to the entire coin dealer community.