Seven Saints of Philadelphia
The Coin Set
The Seven Saints of Philadelphia Set is a unique collection of Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle $20 Gold Coins offered exclusively by US Gold Firm. The seven coins, dated inclusively from 1922 to 1928, constitute a date run of double eagles minted at the historic Philadelphia Mint. Each coin is professionally graded at MS-62. MS-63 , MS-64 and higher graded sets are also available.
Designer Augustus Saint-Gaudens; weight 33.436 grams (516 grains); composition .900 gold, .100 copper; diameter 34 mm. Edge design varied. Gold content equals .96750 ounce.
These double eagles entered circulation during the height of the Roaring Twenties in the United States – an era known for Prohibition and Organized Crime.
In 1922, the first year of the set, the Harold Burns Gang conducted dramatic armed robbery at the Denver Mint and escaped with $200,000 belonging to the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank.
Although the Secret Service recovered almost $80,000, the authorities never made any arrests in the case. In 1923 Alphonse Capone, moved to Chicago and began his rise to power as head of the Chicago Outfit.
Capone’s rise led to conflict with other gangsters like Bugs Moran and Hymie Weiss. The rivalry soon turned into a gang war with assassination attempts on both sides.
In 1926, Moran ordered a hit on Capone at the Hawthorne Hotel restaurant. On September 20, 1926, while Capone dined at the restaurant, a motorcade of ten cars riddled the place with Thompson submachine guns.
Although unhurt, Capone took precautions and equipped his Cadillac with bullet-proof glass and run-flat tires.
The federal government seized the car in 1932 as part of their case against Capone for tax evasion. The Cadillac eventually became the official limousine for President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
In 1928 Capone set in motion a scheme to get rid of Moran and his gang once and for all in what would become known as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre on February 14, 1929. Arguably, 1928 marked the height of Capone’s power.
While the Valentine’s Day Massacre eliminated many of his rivals, it shocked the public and forced the federal government to try and come to grips with Capone. The Bureau of Prohibition dispatched Eliot Ness to Chicago in 1929.
Through the work of Ness and the Untouchables, Capone’s empire began to crumble. Two years later, a federal jury convicted him of tax evasion and sent him to prison for eleven years.
Now you can own a piece of the era.