Whether it was admiration or greed that drove the mint's chief cashier, George McCann, who illegally seized 20 coins, is not known for certain. They never got into the General pot, becoming the subject of further hunting by the government, special services and collectors.
As a result of the laborious work of the special services (surveillance, espionage, bribery, blackmail), almost all the coins were still identified and confiscated. All but one.
One can only guess what incredible stories this preserved thing hides, how many destinies and lives it has changed! Only 33.4 grams, of which the share of gold is 90%, and 10% - copper. Everyone would be happy to have it today (and not just the collector).
Her footprint appeared in Egypt, in the collection of king Farouk I in 1940. When the Lovelace, gambler and carousel Farouk was expelled from the country, the Double eagle coin that belonged to him, among other valuables, was put up for auction.