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Naftzger v. American Numismatic Society

Naftzger v. Am. Numismatic Soc’y, No. BC075918, (Cal. Super. Ct. Mar. 10, 1994) (unpublished), order granting summary judgment; rev’d and remanded, 42 Cal. App. 4th 421 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 1, 1996); modified, 42 Cal. App. 4th 1806B (Cal. Ct. App. Mar. 4, 1996); on remand, judgment for plaintiff, No. BC075918, (Cal. Super. Ct. 1998); aff’d, No. B118699, (Cal. Ct. App. June 17, 1999).

A coin collector stole 129 large copper pennies from the museum of the American Numismatic Society (ANS), substituting inferior coins to prevent detection. In 1990, the ANS discovered the theft of the coins, fifty-eight of which had by then been purchased by Roy E. Naftzger, Jr. The ownership dispute between the ANS and Naftzger turned on the court’s reading of the California

statute of limitations. Cal. Civ. Proc. Code § 338(c). . . .

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