It will be on view Saturday & Sunday March 3 & 4 10am – 4pm. Admission Free at Goldsmiths Hall, City of London
Originally worth 20 dollars: in 2002, a 1933 Double Eagle sold for 7.6 million dollars!
The actual coin going on display in London has never come to auction and is one of a handful of 1933 Double Eagles known in the world.
This is the first time that a 1933 Double Eagle has been exhibited in Europe, starting in London & going on to six other European countries. The tour has been arranged by the Samlerhuset Group, parent company of The London Mint Office, in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, based in Washington, D.C.
Nearly half a million of these twenty-dollar gold coins were originally minted in 1933 in the midst of the Great Depression, but only 13 are known today. The rest were melted down before they ever left the United States Mint, sacrificed as part of a strategy to remove the United States from the gold standard and stabilise the American economy.
Only one coin is legally in private hands; all other 1933 Double Eagles remain the property of the U.S. government. The U.S. Secret Service pursues any coins which come to light.
The coin that will be on display in London is one of two 1933 Double Eagles saved by the U.S. Mint and given to the Smithsonian Institution in 1933 as a matter of record.