``The 10 coins could bring $80 million or more at auction. But it's not clear that day will ever come. Federal attorneys told the jury in opening statements that the coins belong to the United States because they were never legally released by the U.S. Mint in the 1930s. But descendants of the late Philadelphia jeweler Israel Switt say the government can't prove they were stolen. Switt, who dealt in scrap gold, might have legally traded for them in his regular dealings with the Mint, their lawyers said.'' -- It is really fascinating to see the pathological zeal with which the government pursues people to attempt to destroy even tiny scraps of residual value coming out of its Draconian anti-sound-money edicts.

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