A king's ransom in precious coins vanishes from a hotel suite vault while the owners sleep only a few feet away. Banacek arrives to figure out how the impossible-to-open vault was so easily breached without a sign left behind.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sharon Clark
Allen Markham
Matthew Donniger
Oliver Garson
Roland Garson
William Traylor ...
Mrs. Liddell
Dr. Bancroft
Will Hare ...


A valuable collection of coins (known as The Ten Kings) is about to be auctioned off. The owner checks into a hotel and places the coins in a high security safe in his room. He's the only one who knows the combination, yet the next morning he opens the safe and finds the coins gone. He calls the police, but since he's the only one who knows the combination, they and the insurance company assume he has them and is going to cry for his insurance. He calls Banacek, and Banacek starts by looking at the ones who were going to bid on the coins and see if any of them wanted to avoid paying him. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com/edited by statmanjeff

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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15 November 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Two more Star Trek guest alumni appear: Roger C. Carmel and Logan Ramsey. See more »


Like all episodes, the palm trees in the background belie the Boston setting for the Los Angeles filming locations. See more »


Thomas Banacek: Well, I'M just fine, Wendell. How are you?
Wendell Church: Fantastic. Woke up this morning with a terrible hangover, called that the Ten Kings had been stolen - that was good news, 'cause not only did I write the policy but Allen and Lydia Markham are very good friends of mine. Well, anyhow, I get over here and Hallohan and my own people tell me there are no clues, no leads, no anything. Then, I hear that the great turtle-necked Polish vulture's on the case - and there you were, walking right through the door.
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Wendell Church:
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The Missing Coins
28 February 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Thomas Banacek(George Peppard) is called in on a perplexing case involving a valuable coin collection about to be auctioned off that is instead stolen from their hotel room safe that was supposed to have top security. Both the owner(played by Kevin McCarthy) and his wife are the only ones present, and thus the immediate suspects, though at least three other interested buyers(played by Pernell Roberts, Roger C. Carmel, and Logan Ramsey) could have done it, though the eventual solution to the mystery will be quite a surprise to most of them... Brenda Vaccaro plays an interested bank employee. Intriguing episode with a clever solution.

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