While investigating the murder of a coin collector, detectives discover the existence of extremely rare coins that belonged to a Holocaust survivor.



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Judith Sandler
Larry Keith ...
Mrs. Campbell
Ann Schoenberg
Richard Peterson
Sally Champlin


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of Steven Campbell, a dealer in rare coins and antiques who is found bludgeoned to death in his store. Some relatively low value coins were taken but if it was a robbery, the thief left far more valuable coins on the shelves. Also missing are 40 Greek and Roman coins belonging to the victim's good friend, Richard Peterson. The detectives work on the premise that Campbell knew the killer as he let the person into the store after hours. It turns out Campbell was having financial difficulties and they suspect Peterson but it appears that someone was after Peterson claiming the missing coins belonged to them. It leads the to arrest of Judith Sandler whose father, a Holocaust survivor, once owned those coins. As the DA's office delves deeper into the case, a question arises as to whether Peterson ever owned the missing coins. Written by garykmcd

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23 October 1996 (USA)  »

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In 1995, the year before this episode first aired, the World Jewish Congress began negotiations with Swiss banks over dormant World War II-era bank accounts. See more »


In the teaser, we see a well-to-do couple walking down a Manhattan street with their chauffeur driving alongside. They stop to look in the window of an upscale coin gallery and get very upset by something they see inside, prompting the husband to have the chauffeur call 911. We aren't shown what it is they see, but we assume that it's a body. Which, of course, it turns out to be, but when Briscoe and Curtis arrive at the crime scene, the victim is all the way at the back of the gallery, lying on the floor behind a cabinet and positioned in such a way as to seemingly make a view of the body from the street impossible. See more »


Sophie Mercier: [referring to Peterson] He's a friend of mine too.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Does he make you laugh?
Sophie Mercier: [flirtatiously] Detective, I believe you're trying to make me laugh!
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Two Suspects, two theories
19 September 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In this Law And Order story a rare coin dealer is murdered and the police investigation comes up with two suspects with opposing theories of the crime. The first is a quirky billionaire played by Mark Willis for whom these rare coins that were stolen at the time of the murder that the victim was supposed to sell him are just one of the many big kid 'toys' he'd like to acquire.

The second suspect is Karen Allen and she has the intrepid Tovah Feldshuh as her attorney. Allen is the daughter of Holocaust survivors and she believes the coins were once owned by her father who never survived Hitler's hospitality. This woman is really not wrapped too tight and even the DA's consulting psychiatrist Dr. Olivet thinks she's got serious issues.

Only one is guilty, but the other is meted out some justice as well.

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