World's most expensive gold coin displayed in London

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09 February 2012
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imports_CCGB_1933doubleeagle_44809.jpg 1933 Double Eagle
The world's most expensive gold coin, the 1933 Double Eagle, was recently on display in London. ...

The 1933 Double Eagle, the most expensive gold coin in the world, was recently on display at London's Goldsmiths' Hall, as part of a European tour arranged by the Samlerhuset Group, the parent company of the London Mint Office.

The Double Eagle is probably the most valuable ounce of gold in the world and in 2002, the only example of the 1933 Double Eagle permitted to be owned privately sold at auction for $7.6 million, making it the most expensive coin to come to auction at that time. The coin on display is one of just a few Double Eagles known to exist in the world, from the half a million Double Eagles minted in 1933, the majority of which were melted down as part of a strategy to remove the United States from the Gold Standard.

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(image courtesy of the National Numismatic Collection, Smithsonian Institution)

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