Numismatics

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One of the most rare and well-known coins in all of U.S. history is the 1933 Saint Gaudens Double Eagle - a $20 gold coin that, by several accounts, shouldn't even be in existence. 

In 1933, with the Depression in full swing, President Roosevelt took the country off the gold standard and recalled all gold coins for melting. About a dozen never made it back to the mint or were smuggled out again by enterprising employees, including this one, which resurfaced in 1992 and was confiscated by the Secret Service. In 1933 it had a face value of $20;in 2002, it was sold at auction for over 7 million dollars.