Coin News: 1933 Double Eagles, Treasure Hunt, Criswell & Confederate Money, Gobrecht Dollars


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U.S. Attorney’s Office Files Civil Forfeiture Complaint in Case of 10 Double Eagle Gold Pieces
Department of Justice | PRNewswire

The Office of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has filed a civil forfeiture complaint against 10 1933 Double Eagle gold pieces, consistent with U.S. District Court Judge Legrome D. Davis’ order dated July 28, 2009. The pieces were surrendered to the U.S. Mint by the descendants of Israel Switt. In addition to forfeiture of the 1933 Double Eagles, the government asks the court to declare that, with the exception of a single 1933 Double Eagle monetized and auctioned for more than $7.5 million in 2002, all other 1933 Double Eagles are the lawful property of the United States government …

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Mount Sterling woman follows mysterious note in treasure hunt

A western Illinois postal worker’s hunt for supposedly buried treasure continues in Springfield. Patty Henken of Mount Sterling launched the search recently when she was …

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The Richest Man in Confederate Money
Fred L. Reed III | Coins Magazine

For the last generation or so the Confederate currency cataloging system used by a majority of collectors is the one popularized by Col. Grover Criswell. Criswell is deceased now, but his outrageous legend lives on in many ways, including examples of his oversized, colorful check shown, which celebrates his affinity for “down South.” The check embodies the man, colorful and outsized. A big kid, he was …

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New information on the Gobrecht dollars
R.W. Julian | Numismatic News

In 1954 Walter Breen published The Secret History of the Gobrecht Coinages 1836-1840, which is still useful today. The final sentence in this work is perhaps prophetic in that it says "It is safe to say that the last word on these has yet to be written." What Breen wrote is still true today in that we do not yet have the full story of the Gobrecht silver dollars of 1836-1839. But some unexpected discoveries have produced surprising new information about this interesting series …

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