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PROGRAM Diamonds in their Dreams (Only): The Great San Francisco Diamond Hoax of 1872
MONTHLY PROGRAM Harold Tuchfeld One of the most notorious mining scams in U.S. history, now called the “great diamond hoax,” took place in San Francisco in 1872. At the time, the San Francisco Chronicle described the scam as “the most gigantic and barefaced swindle of the age.” Victims included some of California’s biggest bankers and businessmen (including