The Epic Story Of The World's Most Valuable Coin
W. W. Norton
On Sale: June 4, 2007
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"A thrilling page-turner....This is a great
read."Publishers Weekly, starred
One coin, for years the only known 1933
twenty-dollar Double Eagle in the world, has inspired the
passions of thieves and collectors, lawyers and charlatans.
Its extraordinary story winds across seventy years and three
continents, linking an almost unbelievable cast of
characters: Theodore Roosevelt and a Philadelphia gold
dealer with underworld connections; Egypt's King Farouk and
an apple-cheeked Secret Service agent; London's most
successful coin dealer and a retired trucker from Amarillo,
Alison Frankel's stylish narrative hums at the
pace of a thriller. Her meticulously researched descriptions
and vivid character studies bring the coin's history to life
and illuminate the world of coin collecting, where the
desire to possess often borders on madness.
Talk of the Nation - September 16, 2009
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