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- "The silver dollars are his mark."
- ―Airto Sanchez
Silver dollars coins were a form of currency in the United States, contrast to the one dollar bill, first issued in the late 18th century and eventually were removed from circulation. Victor Sanders, a prominent figure in organized crime, occupied the abandoned Masangkay Metal Foundry, where silver dollar coins were previously manufactured. Sanders used the factory as a base of operations for his criminal activities, such as his reefer distribution ring. He handed out silver dollar coins to his Mexican immigrant lackeys as a mark of being in his employment.
Events of L.A. Noire
Detectives Cole Phelps and Roy Earle investigated the reefer ring, during which they found silver dollar coins on Juan Garcia Cruz, Sergio Rojas, Airto Sanchez, Jorge Garcia Cruz and Ernesto Juarez, all were connected to the reefer ring. The coins had mint stamps of three letters on each of the coins. With the assistance of Ray Pinker, Phelps discovered that in the correct order, the coins spelled out "Masangkay Metals". This provided a lead to factory and led to the eventual arrest of Sanders.