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The E-Sylum (1/3/2010)

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Last week, Rich Mantia asked:

I have never seen, nor heard of an official document that verifies the destruction of any 1933 Saint Gaudens Double Eagle. Are there any documents that provide dates and times of ANY 1933 Saint being melted and where would it have been done? If a melt occurred, how was the recovered gold recorded and what new form did it take? Has the speculation and presumption of melting after confiscation been taken as fact when there is no proof?

Roger Burdette writes:

1933_double_eagle_obv All the confiscated 1933 double eagles were destroyed during the 1950s. I have copies of the destruction certifications which refer to the origin of each coin and the date of its destruction. I also have copies of the confiscation records. Evidently, the Treasury people were convinced that no other examples existed outside the Smithsonian's protection. Also, see "Illegal Tender" by David Tripp, p.226, for more information on destruction.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: QUERY: 1933 SAINT-GAUDENS DOUBLE EAGLE DOCUMENTATION (

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