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  • Moscow archaeologists find oldest pickpocket coin

    as a long time coin collector, I had never heard of a "pickpocket coin" and so my curiosity was whetted when I saw the words on this headline. It may be of interest to archeologists, Russians, coin collectors and pick pockets.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-f...where-44088275

    The two-kopeck coin dates back to the mid-18th century, but what makes it different is the way one edge was hammered flat and then filed down to a sharp blade. This allowed artful pickpockets to slice open bags and coats to get at the moneybags of unsuspecting passers-by......
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