The makers of a new line of precious metal coins featuring sports figures is offering a $10,000 reward for the return of four prototypes it says were lost in the mail.
Houston-based Celebrity Mint says the coins feature Mike Tyson. The coins, including two 2 oz. silver coins and two 5 oz. silver coins, are the original prototypes for the Mike Tyson Signature Series that debuted last month.
Crafted from pure .999 silver, the four original coins went missing in transit by mail in October on their way to New York Comic Con. Following a 90-day internal investigation by the shipping company, the coins were not recovered, and now Celebrity Mint is asking the public for help.
Celebrity Mint has been selling regular versions of the coins but the the company says the prototypes “are the archetype pieces,” created in partnership with Tyson.
“We hope that offering a reward demonstrates how important these pieces are to our team,” stated Celebrity Mint co-founder Kenny Duncan Jr. “These four coins were never meant to be bought or sold, and they are truly irreplaceable to us.”
The coins depict a young Tyson on one side hovering over his latest KO in the ring, with colorized red gloves and black shorts and an authentic autograph. The reverse features Tyson with arms outstretched and championship belts over his shoulders, beneath a silhouette of King Charles III denoting that each coin was minted in the Cook Islands.
Certified by the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS), the four missing coins include identifying certification and spec numbers on the back of each label:
- Certification number 48311438, spec number is 931992
- Certification number 48311439, spec number is 931992
- Certification number 48311440, spec number is 931991
- Certification number 48311441, spec number is 931991
Celebrity Mint debuted its first-ever legal tender trading coins in October at New York Comic Con with wrestling icon Ric Flair. Celebrity Mint planned to display the prototype Tyson coins at Comic Con to give a glimpse at their upcoming Tyson collection, but the coins never arrived at their intended destination.
Anyone with information on the missing Tyson coins with the matching certification numbers can call (713) 597-6367 or email [email protected].