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From the PublisherBen Mezrich, author of the New York Times bestseller Bringing Down the House
Illegal Tender is an excellent read — the first book I've ever read where the protagonist is a coin, the 1933 double eagle. It's a first-rate adventure story, and I was instantly hooked. Anyone who as a kid dug for treasure in his backyard will love this book. It made me want to get my metal detector out of the closet and go on a quest of my own.
Linda Fairstein, author of the New York Times bestseller The Kills
A solid-gold spellbinder. David Tripp's Illegal Tender has all the elements of a classic thriller — foreign intrigue with Egyptian royalty and American presidents, a government sting, a rare object with a multimillion-dollar price tag — and most amazing of all, the story he so deftly weaves together is all true.
Neal Bascomb, author of The Perfect Mile and Higher
Dazzling history....Tripp compellingly unravels the mystery behind the rarest of rare coins. Entertaining and illuminating!
Simon Winchester author of Krakatoa and The Professor and the Madman
I was dazzled and mesmerized by this wonderful, exciting story. The oddballs and villains who populate the world of numismatics — King Farouk most notably among them—are matched only for interest by the thin-lipped zealots who, for decades, have tried to track down the missing gold coins that lie at the heart of this extraordinary tale. David Tripp has added vaults-full of absorbing details, and in living color, to the ancient notion that the love of money — or coin — is the root of all evil.