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GringoPhil
09-07-2012, 01:37 AM
All I can say is WOW!!

A judge ruled that 10 rare gold coins worth $80 million belonged to the U.S. government, not a family that had sued the U.S. Treasury, saying it had illegally seized them.
The 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle coin was originally valued at $20, but sold for as much as $7.5 million at a Sotheby's auction in 2002, according to Courthouse News (http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/09/04/49923.htm).
After President Theodore Roosevelt had the U.S. abandon the gold standard, most of the 445,500 double eagles that the Philadelphia Mint had struck were melted into gold bars.
However, a Philadelphia Mint cashier had managed to give or sell some of them to a local coin dealer, Israel Switt.

In 2003, Switt's family, Joan Langbord, and her two grandsons, drilled opened a safety deposit box that had belonged to him and found the 10 coins.
When the Langbords gave the coins to the Philadelphia Mint for authentification, the government seized them without compensating the family.
The Langbords sued, saying the coins belonged to them.

In 2011, a jury decided that the coins belonged to the government, but the family appealed.
Last week, Judge Legrome Davis of the Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania, affirmed that decision, saying "the coins in question were not lawfully removed from the United States Mint."
Barry Berke, an attorney for the Langbords, told ABCNews.com, "This is a case that raises many novel legal questions, including the limits on the government's power to confiscate property. The Langbord family will be filing an appeal and looks forward to addressing these important issues before the 3rd Circuit."
The family said in its suit that in another seizure of the 1933 double eagle, the government split the proceeds with the owner after the coin sold for $7.59 million in 2002, according to Coinbooks.org (http://us.lrd.yahoo.com/_ylt=AnvoBmmRZXpOp1ulIHUB2Nur9HQA;_ylu=X3oDMTFqaWd 2Ymg3BG1pdANBcnRpY2xlIEJvZHkEcG9zAzIEc2VjA01lZGlhQ XJ0aWNsZUJvZHlBc3NlbWJseQ--;_ylg=X3oDMTMwaTg0bDNzBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRw c3RhaWQDY2ZlY2U1YTktMjhkMi0zZGUzLTgxMTAtYzc1NTYwZG ZkN2Y0BHBzdGNhdANlbnRlcnRhaW5tZW50BHB0A3N0b3J5cGFn ZQ--;_ylv=0/SIG=122rv189d/EXP=1348187108/**http%3A//www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v12n31a12.html).

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Jack Fouts
09-07-2012, 03:07 AM
Now that is unforgettable story. Are we in for a second round of gold snatching? Maybe. I have a little invested in gold and hold it personally. I will die with my gold!

Neweller
09-07-2012, 04:52 AM
That is a crazy story. Our government should have gave them at least half the value of it.