U.S. Disputes Heirs' Claim to Rare Coins

The discovery of 10 "Double Eagle" coins has touched off a battle for ownership between the jeweler who found the coins in her father's antique-jewelry shop and the U.S. Mint.

The Double Eagles disappeared from the mint in the 1930s. They are among the most valuable coins in the world. Joel Rose of member station WHYY reports.

Double Eagle front

The 1933 Double Eagle gold piece was designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The front, seen above, features a "Liberty" figure reminiscent of a Greek goddess. The reverse, below, displays a majestic eagle. U.S. Mint images hide caption

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Double Eagle back



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