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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 50, December 10, 2006, Article 17

SWITT FAMILY SUES MINT FOR RETURN OF 1933 DOUBLE EAGLES

According to a December 5th Associated press report, the family of Izzy
Switt is suing for return of the 1933 double eagles seized by the U.S.
Mint:

"A family claims in a federal lawsuit that the U.S. Mint illegally seized
10 gold coins, among the rarest and most valuable in the world, that the
family had found among a dead relative's possessions.

"The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia,
alleges that the Mint violated the Constitution and broke federal
forfeiture laws by refusing to return the 1933 coins to the family
after confirming their authenticity.

"The plaintiffs are seeking immediate return of the "double eagle"
coins, said their attorney, Barry H. Berke."

"Defendants named in the suit include the Mint, the Treasury Department,
and officials in those agencies.

"The Mint's lawless position is that by merely claiming the coins
were somehow removed from the Mint unlawfully in the 1930s, they can
take the Langbords' property without proving it in a court of law,"
Berke said.

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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