The World War II Hesse Crown Jewels Robbery
Germany Prussia gold 1888 10 Marks
1. Germany Prussia 10 Marks 1888-A (Berlin) - Frederick III
Gold, 19mm, 3.98gm, fineness: 0.900
FRIEDRICH DEUTSCHER KAISER KONIG V. PREUSSEN
(Frederick, Emperor of Germany, King of Prussia)
DEUTSCHES REICH 1888 / 10 MARK
(German Empire / 10 Marks)
The Hesse Crown Jewels robbery was committed by three American Army officers stationed in Germany
after the end of World War II in 1945.
royal families of Germany, the Hesse family.
to the Hesse family and located near Frankfurt, Germany.
King of Prussia Frederick III (the man on the coin).
She was a daughter of England’s Queen Victoria and the mother of Kaiser Wilhelm II.
(Women's Army Corps or WAC) in charge.
He got some German civilans to knock down a wall and discovered hundreds of bottles of wine.
He also noticed that the cement floor had been patched and called Nash who had the floor dug up.
A crate containing the crown jewels of Hesse was found, including tiaras, bracelets, and many other
The pair and a Major David Watson decided to help themselves and began separating the jewels
from the settings and mailing the items to relatives the United States.
wanted to wear her jewels. When she could not get them, she complained and her complaints eventually
reached US Army investigators. Sophia was well connected, her brother Philip was also planning
to get married, to Elizabeth, the older daughter of Britain's King George VI.
Army investigators followed the three and eventually arrested them.
Falls Church, Virginia (attention metal detectors).
He gave her some items and pawned some other items, including a "German gold ten-mark coin".
who had married one of the Hesse family members, Prince Philipp.
"The ten-mark coin bore the head of Emperor Frederick III, grandfather of Princess Mafalda's husband,
and had been given to her by Queen Margaret of Italy".
the recovered items were worth one tenth of the previous value.
were not prosecuted.
changed many of the details from the actual case.
for only about three months in 1888.
A visit to Kronberg Palace (Schloss Friedrichshof) and Frankfurt - March 2012
2. Kronberg Palace front
The scene of the crime, now a luxury hotel.
3. Kronberg Palace parking lot
4. IG Farben building, Frankfurt
US Army Headquarters in 1947; the recovered jewels were kept here for exhibition.
5. Masonic lodge on Finkenhof Strasse, Frankfurt
This was the Army's Community Center in 1947 and the site of the court-martials.