|Close-up of one of the ten 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagles, or $20 gold |
pieces, that the U.S. Mint seized — the word in the official press release was "recovered"
— from the heirs of Israel Switt, a Philadelphia jeweler who allegedly possessed 25 of them in the
1930s. President Roosevelt had banned the private possession of gold before any 1933-dated $20 gold
pieces had been issued, and an unknown number of them "were illegally spirited out of the [Mint]" in
Philadelphia. Twenty of Switt’s contraband coins are accounted for, but five remain missing to this day.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Sunday, March 5, 1933
Didn't go to church today. It was raining. Went over to Raifers and played pinochle in evening.