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17 Jan 2017

1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle

Coins-United States | Manole19

This is The 2nd Most Expensive Coin in the World.

The 1933 double eagle is a United States 20-dollar gold coin. Although 445,500 specimens of this Saint-Gaudens double eagle were minted in 1933, none were ever officially circulated and all but two were ordered melted down. However, 20 more are known to have been rescued from melting by being stolen, and found their way into the hands of collectors. 19 of these were subsequently recovered by the Secret Service, who destroyed nine of them, making this one of the world's rarest coins.

The two intentionally spared coins are in the U.S. National Numismatic Collection, one is in the hands of a private owner who paid US$7.59 million for it in 2002–the second-highest price paid at auction for a single U.S. coin–and ten others are held in Fort Knox.


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user_7180

Level 5

Interesting history behind this coin!

user_43369

Level 4

Simply beautiful probably the best looking coin

Mike

Level 7

Think I've seen that picture before to I'm going rtf o check.

Thanks for the post. These 1933 Double Eagles are the stuff of legends and myths. I wrote a blog on this several months ago. Here's the link to that blog: https://www.money.org/my-ana/viewpost/3594

CoinLady

Level 6

Wonderful coin, a piece of US history. I saw the 10, on display at a WFOM. I saw the 2 in the Smithsonian. I wonder if any more are in hiding?

Mike

Level 7

I y think I read this in the new magazine.

Mike

Level 7

Sorry about the spelling but you get the idea.

Conan Barbarian

Level 5

the new issue of the numismatic magazine has something about this

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