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It is one of America's treasures the most valuable ounce of gold in the world the celebrated the fabled the infamous 1933 double eagle It shouldn't even exist but it does and its astonishing true adventures read like a composite of The Lord of the Rings and The Maltese Falcon The New York Times Illegal to own and coveted all the it has been sought with passion by men of wealth and with steely persistence by the United States government for than a half century In 1905 at the height of the exuberant Gilded Age President Theodore Roosevelt commissioned America's greatest sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens as he battled in vain for his life to create what became America's most beautiful coin In 1933 the hopes of America dimmed in the darkness of the Great Depression and gold the nation's lifeblood hemorrhaged from the financial system As the economy teetered on the brink of total collapse Franklin Delano Roosev. Who d a thunk it A book about a US gold coin that was never circulated what could be interesting about that Well it turns out uite a lot This is a great book A true story that reads like a mystery thriller It ll keep you turning the pages Highly recommended
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Ere it survived a world war a revolution and a coup only to be lost again In 1996 than forty years later in a dramatic sting operation set up by a Secret Service informant at the Waldorf Astoria an English and an American coin dealer were arrested with a 1933 double eagle which after years of litigation was sold in July 2002 to an anonymous buyer for than 75 million in a record shattering auction But was it the only one The lost one Illegal Tender revealing information available for the first time tells a riveting tale of American history liberally spiced with greed intrigue deception and controversy as it follows the once secret odyssey of this fabulous golden object through the decades With its cast of kings presidents government agents shadowy dealers and crooks Illegal Tender will keep readers guessing about this incomparable disk of gold the coin that shouldn't be and almost wasn't until the very en.
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Elt in his first act as president assumed wartime powers while the nation was at peace and in a swift staccato action unprecedented in United States history recalled all gold and banned its private ownership But the United States Mint continued uite legally to strike nearly a half million 1933 double eagles that were never issued and were deemed illegal to own In 1937 along with countless millions of other gold coins they were melted down into faceless gold bars and sent to Fort Knox The government thought they had destroyed them all but they were wrong A few escaped purloined in a crime an inside job that wasn't discovered until 1944 Then the fugitive 1933 double eagles became the focus of a relentless Secret Service investigation spearheaded by the man who had put away Al Capone All the coins that could be found were seized and destroyed But one was beyond their reach in a king's collection in Egypt wh. see also The Kills by Linda Fairstein fiction