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New Book: “King of Eagles” The Most Remarkable Coin Ever Produced by the U.S. Mint

kingofeagles_bookBy Dean Albanese – Albanese Rare Coins

The 1804 Plain- gold Eagle is without a doubt the most remarkable coin ever minted by the U.S. Min; it is indeed, the “King of Eagles.”

Only four specimens of this quintessentially rare coin were minted – but not in 1804, as the date on the obverse suggests. Instead, these near-priceless coins were minted by special order of President Andrew Jackson during the period 1834 – 1835 as diplomatic gifts to a king, two emperors, and a sultan.

1804_proof_eagle_100609The story begins in 1832, when Edmund Roberts sailed aboard the U.S.S. Peacock on a diplomatic mission to establish trade relations with Muscat (modern-day Oman), Siam (modern-day Thailand), Cochin China (modern-day Vietnam), and Japan. He succeeded with Muscat and Siam and returned to the United States, where complete sets of new gold, silver, and copper coins, neatly arranged in a morocco case, were made as princely gifts. These sets included the 1804 silver Dollar and the much rarer 1804 Plain-4 gold Eagle.

The return trip to the Far East was an adventure that has been the subject of many books, the sort of tale that can arouse one’s imagination and inspire movies. Men may fantasize and dream about high adventure, but the King of Eagles is a true story that is more exciting than any fantasy could be. It is a story about politics, greed, and courage that includes attacks by pirates, a shipwreck on a desert island, daring rescues, strange-but-true encounters with exotic natives, and, finally, tragedy.

Today the saga is told as never before, and the King of Eagles continues to be the ultimate prize for collectors of American coins and for history enthusiast.

Any fan of rare coins or US history will love this book (and the website KingOfEaglesCoin.com). The author, Dean Albanese would love to tell you the story of this coin in person. But he had to settle for turning it into an amazing book. You can buy the book at KingOfEaglesCoin.com) and even turn the pages of a virtual book and read a chapter.

The online Image Vault allows you to get up close and personal with all the coins discussed in the book, as if you were holding a magnifying glass yourself. And, make sure to join our newsletter and get “eagle alerts” when the 1804 Plain-4 eagle makes occasional public appearances.

The book is a tribute to a spectacular coin and an untold story in our country’s history.

About The Author
dean_albaneseDean Albanese is CEO of Albanese Rare Coins, (www.coinace.com) a father and son business that has been serving collectors since 1991. Over the years Albanese Rare Coins has grown into one of America’s premier rare coin companies and has assembled some of the country’s most amazing and historical collections.

Dean started collecting coins at the age of nine and gradually developed a passion and fascination for coins that has never left him. Since the age of thirteen, when he attended his first coin show, he has immersed himself into the study of numismatics through books, lectures and travel. His love of coins, their beauty and history, continues to grow. I‘ve read countless number of books and continue to study everyday because the fun of numismatics is that you never stop learning said Dean. Because I have been blessed with a father who has guided and educated me about coins at an early age, I have been able to turn my hobby into a career that I love. King of Eagles is an example of his desire to share his knowledge, excitement and love of the hobby with current collectors and motivate future collectors. Dean lives in upstate New York with his three children where he writes books, pursues his research and study of coins, while working with clients to find rare and beautiful treasures for their collections.

King of Eagles
The Most Remarkable Coin Ever Produced by the U.S. Mint
by Dean Albanese
(Hardcover) 172pp
Publisher: Harris Media
Pub. Date: August 2009
ISBN-13: 978-0-9799475-2-0

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