The Melted Coins

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The Melted Coins
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Original edition
Author Franklin W. Dixon
Country United States
Language English
Series The Hardy Boys
Genre Detective, Mystery novel
Publisher Grosset & Dunlap
Publication date
February 1, 1944
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 180 pp
Preceded by The Flickering Torch Mystery
Followed by The Short-Wave Mystery

The Melted Coins is Volume 23 in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap.

This book was written for the Stratemeyer Syndicate by Leslie McFarlane in 1944.[1] Between 1959 and 1973 the first 38 volumes of this series were systematically revised as part of a project directed by Harriet Adams, Edward Stratemeyer's daughter.[2] The original version of this book was rewritten in 1970 by Andrew E. Svenson[1] resulting in two different stories with the same title.

Plot summary (revised edition)[edit]

Frank and Joe Hardy become suspicious when their friend Chet Morton enrols in a summer school that sounds too good to be true. While investigating a burglary at the Seneca Indian Reservation in New York State they also investigate the nearby Zoar College. Their sleuthing leads them to believe that there is a connection between the professors of a fictional college and the theft of a tribal mask titled Spoon Mouth. This mask was created when some melted coins happened to look like a sacred Indian image. Now it is missing and the boys' investigation proves to be dangerous however they successfully recover the mask and capture the thieves.

Plot summary (original edition)[edit]

A case involving counterfeit money, buried treasure, and the Curse of the Caribees, Frank and Joe solve the mystery of the Melted Coins and help shut down both a local counterfeiting ring and a much larger operation dealing in stolen gold.