Double Eagle Pa

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  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2007-06-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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One coin, for years the only known 1933 twenty-dollar Double Eagle in the world, has inspired the passions of thieves and collectors, lawyers and charlatans. Its extraordinary story winds across seventy years and three continents, linking an almost unbelievable cast of characters: Theodore Roosevelt and a Philadelphia gold dealer with underworld connections; Egypt\'s King Farouk and an apple-cheeked Secret Service agent; London\'s most successful coin dealer and a retired trucker from Amarillo, Texas.Alison Frankel\'s stylish narrative hums at the pace of a thriller. Her meticulously researched descriptions and vivid character studies bring the coin\'s history to life and illuminate the world of coin collecting, where the desire to possess often borders on madness. 8 pages of illustrations.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
"Give Us a Coinage That Has Some Beauty!"p. 5
"All Persons Are Hereby Required to Deliver All Gold Coin Now Owned by Them"p. 29
The Mysterious Man at the Money Factoryp. 49
The "Gold Coin Bootlegger" and the Coin Dealersp. 65
The First Investigationp. 81
Seizurep. 101
Farouk of Egyptp. 107
Disappearingp. 125
Surfacingp. 139
The Dealp. 151
"It's Not Okay Over Here"p. 165
The Stingp. 181
"I Was Just Selling a Coin"p. 193
"All Right, Then. Let's Fight"p. 209
Jack Moore's Last Standp. 221
Splitting the Babyp. 229
Second Chancesp. 243
"Fair Warning"p. 251
Only One Coinp. 259
Epiloguep. 263
Acknowledgmentsp. 277
Notesp. 283
Selected Bibliographyp. 301
Indexp. 309
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