During the Cold War, Spies from both the East and West used Hollow Coins to ferry secret messages, suicide poisons, and microfilms undetected.
On May 1st, 1960 U2 Pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union and taken captive. In his possession was a hollow silver dollar containing a poisoned needle that was to be used to take his own life in such a circumstance. For one reason or another, he did not use it and was held for 21 months by the Soviets.
He was then exchanged for Soviet spy KGB Colonel Vilyam Fisher (aka Rudolf Abel) at the Glienicke Bridge, in Berlin, Germany.
Colonel Fisher was also no stranger to hollow coins…his original capture by the United States FBI was directly related to a hollow nickel that was used to transport microfilm. Read about the Hollow Nickel Case on the USA FBI Website. Just click on the green FBI button below.
On the “List of Products” page is a complete list of our fully functional hollow spy coins. They are all precision machined from actual coins, and are absolutely indistinguishable from a solid coin to the naked eye.
They can be safely handled without danger of separation, and could easily circulate without detection.
These products are proudly made in The USA.
Although the technology of the hollow coin is not new, the data media is. Four of our coins are specially machined to secure the MicroSD Memory Card, which has capacities of several gigabytes.
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