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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 30, July 29, 2007, Article 26

ROOSEVELT DOUBLE EAGLE RETURNED TO PANAMA HEIR

According to news reports, "A rare gold coin once thought to be lost
was reunited Thursday with the family of Panama's first president,
who is believed to have received the $20 piece from former U.S.
President Theodore Roosevelt.

"Florida state officials returned the 1907 St. Gaudens Double Eagle,
which found its way into the state's unclaimed property program, to
Phyllis Childers. Her mother, Terri Claiborne, inherited the
heirloom valued between $25,000 (18,218) and $90,000 (65,588).

"Items abandoned in safe deposit boxes are turned over to Florida's
unclaimed property program after three years. State officials spend
up to two years searching for the rightful owners or heirs.

"Childers finally found the missing coin on the state's
unclaimed property Web site."

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"Phyllis Childers believed the 1907 rare $20 gold coin that has
been in her family for nearly a century was gone for good after
her mother died seven years ago without telling anyone where it was.

"It took nearly a year for Childers to track down the coin, a
beautiful ``high relief" piece designed by famed sculptor Augustus
Saint-Gaudens at the request of Teddy Roosevelt.

"Childers, a petite woman who drove to the Capital with her son on
Wednesday and planned to head back to Lake Worth as soon as the
transaction was completed, grew tearful and trembled as Rick Sweet,
a bureau chief in the Department of Financial Services Bureau of
Unclaimed Property, placed the heavy coin in her hand.

"'Oh gosh. Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness. Excuse me. I'm speechless.
That's it,' said Childers."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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