illegaltender Illegal Tender: Gold, Greed, and the Mystery of the Lost 1933 Double EagleA 1933 $20 double-eagle gold coin was auctioned in 2002 for $7.5 million, the largest sum ever for a U.S. coin. Like all other 1933 double eagles, it was produced by the U.S. Mint as President Franklin Roosevelt responded to a national banking crisis by declaring that private ownership of gold was illegal.

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