Lesson learned; Never Trust the Government.
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Family Sues Mint Over Rare, Valuable Coins
By JOANN LOVIGLIO ~ Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA (Dec. 5) - A family is suing the U.S. Mint, saying it illegally seized 10 gold coins that are among the rarest and most valuable in the world that the family found among a dead relative's possessions.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, accuses the Mint of violating the Constitution and breaking federal forfeiture laws by refusing to return the 1933 "double eagle" coins to the family after it handed the coins over to have their authenticity confirmed.
Plaintiffs Joan S. Langbord and her sons, Roy and David, are seeking the immediate return of the coins, said their attorney, Barry H. Berke.
Defendants named in the suit include the Mint, the Treasury Department, and officials in those agencies.
A Mint spokesman declined to comment, saying that the Mint had not yet been officially served.
Double eagles were first struck in 1850. They are so named because they had a face value of $20, twice the amount of gold coins known as eagles.
The coins, which Mint officials have said are so rare that their value could not be calculated, feature a flying eagle on one side and a figure representing liberty on the other. There were 445,500 minted in 1933, but they were melted down before being released into circulation when President Franklin D. Roosevelt took the country off the gold standard.
A handful escaped, however. Two were deliberately set aside and are at the Smithsonian Institution. The Mint has said any others in existence were obtained illegally, but agreed after a lengthy court battle to allow one of the coins to be sold at auction in 2002 for $7.59 million - the highest price ever paid for a coin - after its owner agreed to split the proceeds with the Mint.
Langbord, who discovered the coins in 2003 in a safe deposit box belonging to her deceased father, longtime Philadelphia jeweler Israel Switt, was aware of that case and contacted the Mint to disclose the coins' existence and "attempt to reach an amicable resolution of any issues that might be raised," the lawsuit states.
She handed the coins over to the Mint to be authenticated, but the Mint refused to give them back, saying they must have been stolen from the Philadelphia Mint in the early 1930s because they had never been in circulation, according to the lawsuit.
Switt, who died in 1990, told Secret Service agents in 1944 that he had possessed and sold nine 1933 double eagles, according to the Mint. All were tracked down by the government and destroyed between 1944 and 1952.
"The Mint's lawless position is that by merely claiming the coins were somehow removed from the Mint unlawfully in the 1930s, they can take the Langbords' property without proving it in a court of law," Berke said.
The coins at the center of the lawsuit were briefly displayed this summer for an American Numismatic Association's convention in Denver. They have been secured at the U.S. Bullion Depository in Fort Knox, Ky.
Lesson learned; Never Trust the Government.
Give ONE coin to the Mint to be authenticated NOT all TEN!
Don't tell them you only have one, but if they ask be truthfull. If they need all 10 make them get a court order before you give them up.
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Why would they even contact the mint in the first place? Their are several very good and trusted companies that specialize in just this type of thing, were they doing looking for a free opinion?
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Give 'em back the coins! The govt's done just fine without them for the past 73 years! If anything, lessee... $7.6 million times 10... carry the one... I do believe that at the VERY least, the Langbords are entitled to at least $38 million courtesy of The U.S. Mint. TAX FREE, of course.
That's some interesting math. Or do you mean after taxes?
That was definitely a stupid move to send all 10 coins to be verified, especially when you know that there had been legal troubles before with other coins.
Even so, I'd like to find something like that in my inheritance.
*sigh* government is not the solution, it is the problem. Look, the third central banking system of america, the Federal Reserve, receives the printed money from the U.S. Mint and then turns around and gives it back to the U.S. Govt at face value. I beg you to look that up to prove me wrong. Andrew Jackson threw the 2nd central bank of America out and summarily had four attempts on his life from doing so. Why did he throw the 2nd central bank out? Because he found out that they were going to institute an artificial depression on the U.S.A. What happened after the 3rd central bank of america came into being? lol...If you know you are probably shaking your head already.
The Federal Reserve is a private institution owned by a family who is in with the Rothchilds who own the banks in England and now the banking system of the E.U. !!!
Shouldn't there be some sort of statue of limitations after 73 years?
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