Law & Order - Survivor (1996)
Ancient Roman Cleopatra coins, Nazis, Karen Allen
The television series "Law & Order" ran from 1990 to 2010.
It was produced by NBC Universal Television, and Universal Network Television.
It is one of the most interesting coin-related television shows.
involve a hunt for a set of rare ancient coins which began before World War II.
The investigation includes Swiss banks, Jewish survivors of the Nazi period, and wealthy businessmen.
including "Roman Cleopatras", "Dutch ducatoons", "maximilians", "Athenians", "Corinthian staters",
and "Wiemar Commemoratives".
"Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade".
A young couple is walking and arguing along a Manhattan street.
They look into the window of an antiques gallery and see something unusual.
2. Couple looking in window
They run to a car and ask the driver to call 911.
Later, in the store, a policeman is showing two detectives around.
3. Detectives arrive
The two detectives are Lennie Briscoe and Rey Curtis.
They look around the store and at some of the coins and antiques on display.
They find no sign of forced entry.
Briscoe facetiously asks "how about a '56 Willie Mays?" (A baseball card).
The policeman replies "nothing that good".
Curtis asks if a broken green glass Tiffany lamp was the weapon.
Briscoe, points to a stone item, it was more likely this.
Pointing to some empty spaces in a coin tray, a detective says that the killer took souvenirs.
gold "Anno Domini 1742" coin on display.
Curtis replies that thief was probably a junkie.
4. Curtis and Mrs. Campbell
She states that she was worried about the gallery, then Curtis asks
her if she knows of anyone who might have wanted to hurt the husband.
She replies that "Stephen was a businessman, he loved old coins,
he dealt with coin people, not murderers".
She didnt know of any late appointments and suggests that they contact Nancy Farber,
Farber tells the detectives that there is an inventory.
She notes that the most valuable items, some rare Dutch ducatoons, are still in their glass case.
5. Glass case with Dutch ducatoons
She does notice that some Wiemar commemoratives are gone, worth maybe $2,000 total.
Farber shows the detectives three "Maximilians", which are worth $10,000 each.
Briscoe asks "Brother, can you spare a Maximilian?"
6. Nancy Farber points to trays full of coins
Farber states that there should 40 coins on consignment from Richard Peterson.
Farber answers yes and that Peterson and Mr. Campbell did a lot of business together.
7. The detectives in the gallery
Farber lets the detectives know that Campbell had a girlfriend,
"there was a woman, some kind of aristocrat".
8. The Contessa of Alto Perugia
Briscoe, noting the woman's Southern accent, asks her if she is the "Contessa of Alto Perugia"?
She complains that the Italian government took his family's property years ago and
that she is still negotiating with the consulate trying to get it back.
"I've always been a fool for a man who could make me laugh".
the millionaire businessman and coin collector.
9. Briscoe meets Peterson
After introductions, Peterson admits that he spoke to the Contessa.
Curtis asks "what, you and Campbell shared her?"
as he was a friend, "we had fun together".
Briscoe asks "what, you and him and the Contessa?"
Peterson replies "golly no. collecting coins".
10. Peterson has a tray with ancient coins
Peterson picks up a silver coin from a tray to show to the detective.
11. Peterson hands coin to detective
"Here, touch this. feel that".
"Plato might have bought lettuce with that coin."
"Pericles may have had his sandals fixed, hired a prostitute, bought a slave..."
12. Briscoe, "Bribed a cop"
Peterson tells that his whole business started with coins, Lincoln pennies in the third grade,
then in high school, he was the "fat kid at the coins show at the Hilton".
He bought his first building using Alexandrian tetradrachms as collateral.
Peterson replies that no, Stephen had his prize Greeks and Romans.
"Constantines, Cleopatras, Alexander the Greats, in superb condition".
Peterson is insured, but Peterson wants the coins not the money.
"These coins, they're like my children".
Briscoe wonders "how many people knew you'd adopted them?"
stated that banks vied to loan him money, and had details about his coin collection.
13. Briscoe looks at the magazine
Briscoe quotes from magazine,
"with an unquenchable appetite, Peterson scours the world,
looking for new jewels to add to his already estimable crown"
Campbell let somebody in who was mad enough to bust his head open.
Briscoe adds that the coins are described in the article and Campbell is mentioned several times.
The detectives contact Campbell's assistant to get list of who's been browsing the shop.
he is a coin collector, and that he was at gallery looking at coins.
14. Chad Markham
He collects coins, mainly silver Athenians, but a few Corinthian staters.
He wanted to see the Peterson collection because they were supposed to be the best
Athenians anywhere, but never got to see them as Campbell said they were out being appraised.
whom they visit while she is working on a painting.
15. Judith Sandler, art restorer
Sandler asks the detectives to wait for to finish some work, or
"this cherub will have three wings".
16. Judith Sandler, unmasked
Briscoe asks her if she painted the picture, she sarcastically replies
that her name is not Corregio, and she didn't die in 1534.
she went looking for some "17th century Ferdinand and Isabellas"
that Campbell had advertised, which means that she apparently collects coins.
(This statement is going to send up a red flag with real coin collectors)
with a potential buyer, a Mark Lehmann.
17. Detectives and Mark Lehmann at yacht harbor
Lehmann tells the detectives that he buys rare coins to have "bragging rights".
"rub it in the nose of the Japanese".
He adds "I get horny just thinking about those babies".
Briscoe replies "yeah, little cold pieces of metal turn me on, too".
they're works of art and antiques and rare and intrinsically valuable".
18. Peterson at his desk
The detectives ask about the Korean buyer story Lehmann told them.
because he did not think Lehmann was a serious buyer.
collateral with a bank for a loan to buy an airline.
that Campbell was making various excuses to people for not showing the Peterson coins.
Briscoe wonders how the thief would have disposed of the coins,
"those aren't the kind of goods you just sell to Vinnie the fence".
and took them to expert.
19. ACM Auctioneers expert
The expert tells Briscoe that he hasn't heard anything about the Peterson coins since the robbery.
he expected big money for them but the coins did not sell.
20. Detectives talk to widow about Napoleons
She tells them that Stephen found the Napoleon coins in Brussels, and that a month before the auction
a French frigate was salvaged off Martinique loaded with gold Napoleons.
21. Campbell's accountant
Campbell accountant tells the detectives that Campbell had put together a syndicate to
purchase rare coins as an investment, mostly doctors and dentist,
promised them a 50% return on their money, and that Peterson was a member.
When the syndicate went broke, a lawyer went around collecting names for a lawsuit.
found them missing, and became angry.
although there was a very pretty girl sitting with him.
She was impressed with his wealth but did not find him "scintillating".
All he talked about was "coins, coins, coins".
She invited him to her place for coffee, but he got a phone call and left her alone.
didn't find his coins in the gallery, and lost his temper.
They also figure that Peterson grabbed the Weimar commemoratives on the way out.
23. Peterson's apartment gets a going over
The detectives find the Wiemar commemoratives as Peterson arrives upset.
They take Peterson to the police station for more questioning.
He tells the detectives that he left the restaruant to go to his apartment.
He talked to Campbell on phone to discuss a planned trip to Italy to look at some coins
dug up from a site near Cortona.
(Italy has laws against exporting ancient coins)
"Why would I kill a friend over three percent of my net worth?"
24. Jamie Ross and Curtis
Ross says that Campbell assistent has identified the Wiemars from Peterson's apartment,
and that Peterson's fingerprints are all over the gallery safe, inside and outside.
he notes "did you know the ancient Greeks sometimes made coins of silver mixed with gold?"
would be at the gallery as he was there many times.
to settle a historical bet about what year the Romans under Claudius invaded England.
25. Peterson secretary and Jamie Ross
The detectives talk to Peterson's secretary who says that all of his telephone calls were logged,
and that a woman called three times about theHomage Magazinearticle,
saying that some of the coins, six "Roman Cleopatras" belonged to her family.
The secretary thought the caller was a crank but told her that Campbell had them.
and Peterson did take this call.
26. Jamie Ross and Jack McCoy
McCoy and Ross now want to talk to the Peterson caller to see if she got to see the coins.
If she called Peterson and told him Campbell didnt have coins, she would be a new star witness.
unknown woman desperately seeking Roman Cleopatras, please contact Manhattan D.A.".
27. Ross and Numismatics Society member
The Numismatics Society member brings out a coin reference book and points to a coin.
28. Numismatics Society member points to coin
Ross asks if it is the coin in question, a "Roman Cleopatra".
The man answers that it is Cleopatra, "lovely physique, don't you think?"
that only three sets are known in the literature, one in the Dutch Landesmuseum,
another belongs to the Rothschilds, and a third is in a private collection,
it was owned by an Isidor Schoenberg of Munich in 1935.
29. Ross and McCoy
Ross and McCoy have learned that the Dutch museum and Rothschilds still have their coins,
which leaves Isidor Schoenberg, who was a Jew in Germany in 1935.
They find out that he survived the Nazi persecution, came to New York City in 1948 as a displaced person,
and that six years later he joined the New York Numismatics Club.
Isador is dead, but his wife Ann is still alive, and lives in Washington Heights.
Ross goes to see her.
She tells Ross that her husband, trying to locate the coins, should have tried the District Attorney
as he tried everyone else, war reparations boards, Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy.
as they owned knitting mills in Germany.
gives Ross a copy of the original 1931 auction catalog.
30. Mrs. Schoenberg talks to Jamie Ross
Isidor's father thought that Hitler was a buffoon, but Isidor wasn't so sure,
he took the coins to Switzerland and put them in a bank vault there.
The Nazis killed all of the members except Isidor, who survived Auschwitz.
After the war, he went to Switzerland to try to get the coins from the bank,
but the bank turned him away because he had no documents.
Recovering the coins became an obsession with him.
"they tried to defeat us but we beat them, we lived, we had a child".
She did not as she was not ever interested in them and would not have wanted them around.
however, McCoy says that this woman was at Campbells.
Peterson realizes that she may have been the killer.
31. Art restoration manager
The detectives interview Judith's manager who tells them that Judith is a good worker
but has some problems; she doesn't like tight spaces like elevators, and becomes
extremely emotional about news stories about human suffering.
Judith usually works into the evening but was not at work on the night of the murder.
was harassing her mother, which Ross denies, telling her that the mother served her tea.
Although Judith usually works late, she did not work on the evening of the murder.
32. Judith in her apartment
Ross asks Judith if they can look around, and Judith asks for warrant,
Ross tells her she can get one and that the detectives will stay around until then.
They know why she went to Campbell gallery and that she lied to the police.
Judith finally lets them in, but threatens to file a complaint.
she also has the magazine with the Peterson article.
The police find ground green glass like the glass from the crime scene.
They arrest Sandler.
33. District Attorney Schiff
The head prosecutor District Attorney Schiff chews out his two assistants for arresting
two different suspects with different motives.
"Another day, another defendant"
and that both suspects were in the shop around the time of the murder.
34. McCoy, Danielle Melnick, Sandler
The attorney reasons that since Judith is a child of Holocaust survivors, she would
have emotional problems and might not be able to give consent to a search.
McCoy then wants Sandler to be examined by their psychologist, Dr. Elizabeth Olivet.
35. Olivet interviews Judith
The prosecutor's psychologist Dr. Olivet interviews Judith, she then tells the prosecutors
that Judith has mental problems common to children of Holocaust survivors,
including claustrophobia and depression.
She states that Judith gets upset about news stories on disasters.
Her parents did not talk much about their experiences, they wanted her to be an American girl,
reading Nancy Drew stories and visiting Radio City Music Hall.
they were more than "a few pieces of metal".
They were symbols of his losses, his family, his business, his family house, his dogs,
and he wanted to get one thing back.
She wanted to avenge what was done to her parents by the Nazis.
But, according to Dr. Olivet, Judith was thinking about the things her father lost to the Nazis.
36. Judith testifies in court
Judith testifies that she didn't want the police in her apartment and that they forced their way in.
37. McCoy questions Judith
McCoy replies that "we have laws here, Miss Sandler, we have rules".
Judith then comes back with "they had laws in Nazi Germany, too".
38. Charges dropped
The prosecutors have dropped the murder charge against Peterson, but they do not believe his story.
Ross wonders why Peterson did not ask about his coins after the dismissal.
her studio, and her "treasure chest".
39. Schiff asks the question
Schiff finally asks the question:
"Has anybody ever seen these famous coins?"
first that they were "being appraised", then "taken to Europe".
The banker admits that he never saw the collection, but that if his bank had turned
Peterson down for a loan, other banks would have loaned him the money.
She later tells McCoy that she will close her account there.
40. Ross and McCoy in a bar
McCoy wonders if Peterson just made up the coins he supposedly owns.
Ross shows McCoy the 1931 catalog and suggests that he used one like it as a "crib sheet".
Peterson then accuses Sandler of killing the dealer and taking his coins.
The police searches have failed to connect Sandler with the coins.
never told the police that a woman called him on the day of the murder, and why he is covering for her?.
41. Peterson and Sandler in D.A.'s office
Peterson says that just because the police can't find them, it doesnt mean she doesnt have them.
McCoy asks Sandler if she does have her father's coins.
Judith replies that no, she doesn't.
McCoy replies "A miracle, Danielle".
Peterson replies "From a collector in Austria, he must have gotten them from that Swiss bank".
McCoy then asks about the rest of his "special collection".
Peterson tells him "from various sales".
43. Judith, Danielle, and auction catalog
McCoy hands Danielle the catalog and Judith asks McCoy where he got it.
McCoy says "from your mother".
44. Peterson, sorry
McCoy then states that in 1931, 20 auction lots were sold to 20 different buyers
scattered all over Europe.
45. Judith looks at the catalog
McCoy asks "A million to one, a billion to one?"
46. Judith asks
Judith asks if Peterson said he had all these coins.
McCoy replies with a copy of Peterson's insurance inventory.
47. Judith, "he was lying for you"
"That's why Campbell wouldn't show them to me, he was lying for you, oh God!".
"I never meant for anyone to get hurt".
48. Judith, "you bastard!"
Judith replies "you bastard!".
the U.S. attorneys.
but when Peterson arrived there, he found Campbell dead.
49. Judith, "I killed a man for nothing"
Judith cries "I killed a man for nothing!, for nothing!".
Her attorney tries to quiet her down, but she continues, "what does it matter, I killed a man for nothing".
50. Schiff in office
Schiff reports that the U.S. Attorney closed a deal with Peterson, he will do five years at
"Club Fed" (a minimum-security prison).
for eight to 25 years.
what refugees are they taking deposits from now?"
The Richard Peterson character may have been partly based on a Los Angeles ancient coin dealer.
He became a film producer, but in 1993, he pleaded guilty to various frauds and was sent to prison.
Law & Order, Season 7 Episode 4, originally telecast on October 23, 1996.
Jerry Orbach as Detective Lennie Briscoe
Benjamin Bratt as Detective Rey Curtis
S. Epatha Merkerson as Lt. Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston as Jack McCoy
Carey Lowell as A.D.A. Jamie Ross
Steven Hill as D.A. Adam Schiff
Karen Allen as Judith Sandler
Tovah Feldshuh as Danielle Melnick
Larry Keith as Francis Dunlap
Writers: Dick Wolf, Barry M. Schkolnick