"Nothing seems to obsess the U.S. government more than gold. Could this be due to the fact that gold represents an alternative currency to the failing U.S. dollar, despite the assertions of Fed Chairman Bernanke that "gold is not money?"
"The case of the government's effort to seize 10 1933 Double Eagle gold coins from the heirs of a private coin collector highlight the unlimited time, effort and expense the government is willing to expend in their war against gold. The heirs of coin dealer Israel Swift discovered the Double Eagles in a safe deposit box. After voluntarily showing them to the U.S. Treasury, the government promptly confiscated the coins, claiming that the coins had never been officially released by the U.S. Mint due to President Roosevelt's executive order on April 5, 1933, ordering all private citizens to turn over their gold to the government.
"An in depth article by Coin Week examines the case of the 1933 Double Eagles and details substantial evidence against the validity of the government's right to confiscate the coins. The article also wonders what implications this case will have on future seizures of rare coins from private citizens and comments on the government's decades old zeal in pursuing the 1933 Double Eagles. ..." click through for the rest and video.