July 20, 2011|By Nathan Gorenstein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ten famous $20 gold pieces that are worth millions to collectors were stolen from the Philadelphia Mint in the 1930s and are legally property of the U.S. Treasury, a federal court jury unanimously decided Wednesday.
After about five hours of deliberation after a seven day trial, the two men and eight women said the government proved that when the rare "Double-Eagle" coins ended up in the hands of the late Philadelphia jeweler Israel Switt, they did not get there legitimately.
Jurors accepted the government argument that there was no legal way any of the coins could have been removed from the Mint. All 445,500 coins minted by the government were supposed to have been destroyed by 1937.
U.S. District Court Judge Legrome D. Davis said it was one of the oldest cases before him, but there is at least one final hearing upcoming.
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