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30 Aug 2021

The St. Gaudens 1933 Double Eagle: Part Two

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The US realized their mistake around 1952, and requested the coin back. But World War II happened, and the return was delayed. Then, many of King Farouk's coins were auctioned off, one of which was the 33' double eagle. The US asked once again for the coin, and authorities in Egypt said they would comply, but the coin vanished. Until 1996.

In 1996, the Secret Service led a sting operation against British coin dealer Stephon Fenton. In his possession, was one of the 1933 double eagles. In court, he testified that the coin was Farouk's, and he had the right to keep it. Shephen's efforts led to a compromise, in which the US government legalized the owning of that certain 33' double eagle, and offered it a public auction 2002, and Stephen could have half the hammer price. An anonymous bidder won it for $7,590,020.

In 2005, the family of Israel Switt voluntarily surrendered 10 more of the 33' double eagles, which were melted. In March of 2021, the anonymous collector revealed himself to be Stuart Weitzman. He auctioned it off on June 8th, 2021, and it was bought anonymously for $18,872,250.



Level 6

I say again, "Keep you mouth shut."" Thanks.


Level 7

Thanks for the information. But it didn't happen that easy. It was very involved. Good blog. .


Level 5

Someone had 10 pieces? I didn't know that. 2005 they turned in 10 pieces! Amazing. I would of kept them !!


Level 5

Good to know. Maybe the government will donate them to an awesome YN they found on this site *wink* 😎

It's Mokie

Level 6

It was the family of Israel Switt, I think they hoped by turning them in for "authentication" the government would grant them a similar deal to the sale of the Farouk specimen. Many lawsuits later, the government was victorious and the Switt Family heirs (The Langbord Family) lost all claim to the coins. I believe they are still at Fort Knox.

I. R. Bama

Level 5


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