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Lake Worth woman reunited with rare gold coin
By Joel Hood | Sun-Sentinel.com
3:24 PM EDT, July 26, 2007
Reunited
This rare gold coin is an early 20th Century collectible issued in 1907 and called a Saint Gaudens Double Eagle "High-Relief" $20 gold coin. A Lake Worth woman was reunited on Thursday with the coin once owned by her family. The coin could be worth as much as $90,000.

A Lake Worth woman was reunited on Thursday with a rare gold coin once owned by her family that now might be worth as much as $90,000.

The early 20th-century collectible is a 1907 Saint Gaudens Double Eagle "High-Relief" $20 gold coin. The term "High Relief" refers to the extreme height that images are raised above the background of the coin. Only 12,367 coins were made due to the difficulty in producing it.

2007 Washington Dollar
Office of the state's Chief Financial Officer, July 26, 2007

Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink presented the 1907 coin to Phyllis Childers of Lake Worth this afternoon in Tallahassee. Childers is the daughter of Tere Claiborne, who passed away in 2000.

``She put it into a safe deposit box on her way to a bridge game one day and didn't tell anybody and didn't fill out any ancillary paperwork in case anything should happen to her,'' Childers said. ``It's going in my sister's safe deposit box with two names on there in case anything should ever happen to her.''

Childers said the coin is the ``cornerstone of the family.'' She said family members believe President Theodore Roosevelt, who spearheaded the construction of the Panama Canal, personally gave it to her great-great-grandfather, Manuel Amador Guerro, who was Panama's first president in 1904 until 1908.

Family members searched for the coin for years but were unable to find it, unaware it was in the safe deposit box at a Lake Worth bank in Palm Beach County.

Sun-Sentinel.com July 26, 2007




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