Litigation between the Langbord family and the United States government continues over the ten 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagles that were found by the daughter of Israel Switt in a safe deposit box and confiscated by the US government. When the coins are not being displayed, they are stored at United States Bullion Depository in Fort Knox, Kentucy.
Joan Langbord, 76, and her two sons Roy and David, filed a lawsuit in US District Court against the government to retrieve the coins. The Langbords are represented by Barry H. Berke who represented Stephen Fenton in the lawsuit for the Farouk specimen.
In a recent ruling, the court denied the plaintiff’s motion to depose those involved with the decision making process of the Farouk specimen. While more than 40 separate motions have been filed by both sides, it appears that this is the first one denied to the plaintiffs.
As the case moves on, there continues to be speculation of at least one more example in existence. The result of this lawsuit will determine whether that piece comes out of the shadows.
Who said numismatics did not have mystery and intrigue!