Saint Gaudens Double Eagles

1933 double eagle

The United States government has been seizing all 1933 double eagles (with one exception). The case, Roy Langbord vs. United States Department of the Treasury involves ten 1933 double eagles . The Langbord family stated that they discovered the double eagles in a safe deposit box belonging to their grandfather, Israel Switt. After discovering the coins, the Langbords sent them to the US Treasury to be authenticated. The treasury confiscated them, and the Langbords sued to recover.

The government believes that Israel Switt was involved with all of the 1933 double eagle thefts. Switt, however, was never charged. An alternate hypothesis was that a mint employee kept an open bag of 1933 double eagles on his desk, which he gave to people in exchange for $20.

The case was won by the government, who has now taken possession of the rare coins.


a new beginning

Although 1933 was a final year for double eagles, the US mint brought back the St. Gaudens obverse design when it introduced American Eagle bullion coins in 1986.

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Teddy Roosevelt liked the design of the ten dollar eagle but made one radical suggestion: Add an Indian headdress.

How much do Saint Gaudens double eagles cost? Go to the Saint Gaudens auction page to find out.

Neither Augustus St. Gaudens nor Teddy Roosevelt wanted the words In God We Trust on the coins. Click on the link to find out why.

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