The world’s most expensive coin has gone on display in London for the first time as part of a landmark European tour.
In 2002, a 1933 Double Eagle $20 coin sold for $7.6 million, making it the world’s most expensive coin ever sold at auction.
An example of the rare coin, which was saved by the US mint and given to the Smithsonian Institution in 1933 as a matter of record, will be displayed at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London this weekend.
According to The London Mint Office, the coin is the most valuable ounce of gold in the world.
Almost half a million of the coins were originally minted in 1933 in the midst of the Great Depression – but most were melted down before leaving the US Mint as part of a strategy to stabilise the American economy, and only 13 are known to exist today.
It is thought to be the first time that a 1933 Double Eagle coin has been exhibited in Europe.
Only one of the original coins is privately owned – all the other 1933 Double Eagles remain the property of the US government.
The US Secret Service is said to investigate any coins which come to light.
Marc Pachter, of the National Museum of American History, said: “The 1933 Double Eagle is a symbol of a shared struggle in an interdependent global economy, both in the early 20th Century and today.
“We are delighted to make one of the greatest treasures of the Smithsonian available to European audiences as part of this unprecedented tour.”
Peter Swanston, chief executive of the London Mint Office, said: “This is an incredibly exciting event.
“As well as being immensely valuable, the 1933 Double Eagle is a truly beautiful coin.
“We are thrilled to bring it to London and I’m sure many people will want to come and see this icon of American history.”View Comments