Six gold coins originating from the time of the Pony Express have been stolen from a Missouri museum.
Among the coins, which were minted in 1860, are five in extremely fine condition and worth approximately $6,000 per, according to Cindy Daffron, the executive director of the Pony Express National Museum in St. Joseph. Taken were two Half Eagles, which are $5 gold pieces; two Eagles, which are $10 gold pieces; and two Double Eagles, which are $20 gold pieces, The St. Joseph News-Press reports.
A maintenance worker noticed the coins were missing Thursday night.
“He was in here about two hours, looking around,” Daffron said about the thief.
The museum is hoping it will be able to track the coins down if the man tries to pawn them. The museum is considering beefing up security for the exhibit, including purchasing an alarm-triggering mechanism for the lock.
Having operated less than two years, from April 3 1860 to 1861, The Pony Express coins are rare.
“The route west out of St. Joseph mostly followed the Oregon Trail from Kansas through what is now Nebraska and Wyoming. From there, it largely followed what is now U.S. Interstate 80 into Utah before veering south toward U.S. Highway 50 into Nevada and on to Sacramento, California.”