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The Flushing Coin Club made a trip to the New York Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Manhattan June 4.
The highlight was a docent-led tour through the American Numismatic Society sponsored exhibit, “Drachmas, Doubloons, and Dollars.” On display was the oldest Greek coin from 650 B.C.E. as well as knife money dated even earlier. A silver shekel that circulated in Israel led visitors to wonder if it was one of the 30 pieces of silver paid to Judas.
The display included common pieces as well as rare items that many collectors can only dream of owning.
Occupying center stage of the exhibit was the 1933 double eagle that sold at auction in July, 2002, for a record price of $7.6 million. “There is something thrilling about standing in front of a storied coin that combines intrigue, the king of Egypt, a Secret Service chase, a record-breaking hammer price and the ongoing legal battle to determine the fate of the other recently declared 1933s,” the club said in its report.
For more about the Flushing Coin Club, write P.O. Box 754008, Parkside Station, Forest Hills, NY 11375.