PUBLIC ENEMY #1 – ALPHONSE CAPONE – 1 TROY OUNCE – 39MM
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In 1899, Alphonse Capone was born into an Italian immigrant family in Brooklyn New York. At age 14, Capone quit school after hitting a teacher, and instead, got his education by working for gangster Johnny Torrio. In 1918, while working as a bouncer, Capone made a derogatory comment about a woman in the bar. Her brother overheard the comment and took a knife to Capone’s face, slashing him multiple times. It was forever scared, and that is how he earned the nickname “Scarface.”
Capone married Mary Mae Coughlin on December 30, 1918. Three weeks later, their only child was born, Albert Francis Capone. Shortly after that, Capone moved from New York to Chicago, to help his friend Johnny Torrio run a string of brothels.
After ascending to the top of the Chicago mob, Torrio appointed Capone as his right-hand man, and upon his retirement, Capone took over the Chicago mob. It was 1925.
Al Capone dealt with his rival Chicago gangs with brutal violence. The most famous example was his 1929 St. Valentines Day Massacre of the Bugs Moran Gang.
By 1929, Al Capone was the most famous gangster in America, and in 1930, he was declared “Public Enemy #1” by the Chicago Crime Commission.
President Herbert Hoover ordered law enforcement to find a way to prosecute him to end his reign of crime. Elliot Ness, a U.S. Prohibition Bureau agent was sent to Chicago to try to arrest Capone on prohibition charges.
While Elliot Ness and his famous team of “Untouchables” was unable to charge Capone with prohibition violations, they were able to destroy his bootlegging business. Capone was finally charged and convicted on tax evasion charges. Al Capone was sentenced to 11 years in a Federal penitentiary. Capone became one of Alcatraz’ most famous inmates, but only served about half of his sentence due to good behavior and failing health.
He spent the balance of his life in Florida Palm Island mansion with his wife Mary Mae, and died on January 5th, 1947 at age 48.
- Contains 1 oz. Troy .999 Fine Silver
- Obverse: An iconic image of Alphonse Capone in a pinstripe suit and fedora, smoking a cigar with the trademark smile, with Capone’s signature in the lower right field.
- Reverse: A portrayal of one of Capone’s gangsters with a tommy gun in hand, and the famous Chicago theatre in the background, sculpted in beautiful fine detail.