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Back from a King's vault, the lone double eagle

FEATURE - It is a $20 gold piece from 1933 that was ordered destroyed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Stolen from the United States Mint, it was exported for a king after the government committed the bumble of all bumbles, was contested in an interminable legal donnybrook, and even came close to being lost in the destruction of the World Trade Center.

It is the 1933 double eagle, reports Friday's New York Times, and it could fetch a record price for any coin when it is auctioned in July

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