King of Eagles The Most Remarkable Coin Ever Produced by the U.S. Mint

9780979947520: King of Eagles The Most Remarkable Coin Ever Produced by the U.S. Mint

The 1804 Plain- gold Eagle is without a doubt the most remarkable coin ever minted by the U.S. Mint 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.

The 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. 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. 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.

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About the Author:

Dean Albanese is CEO of Albanese Rare Coins, 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.


It's hard to find words to describe King of Eagles. This is a book I couldn't put down. Dean Albanese and I are not related, but I had no trouble relating to his book, for I felt like a passenger in a time machine experiencing a trip that left me speechless. Surprises await the reader on every page - and by the time your personal trip is over, I'm sure you will agree that the book, like the coin in its title, is a rare bird indeed. --John Albanese, founder and President of CAC

If I watch the same movie three different times and still enjoy it, it means it was a great movie. I read this book four times. Better than great read about a very interesting topic most of us have missed out on in our lives. I bet you can t put it down without finishing it and you ll go looking for that coin your Great-Grandfather handed down to you. --Chris O. Buswell, Independent Real Estate Broker & Investor

It's a beautiful book with a fascinating story that's very well told. --Dan Feller, History Professor and Director of the Andrew Jackson Paper Project, University of Tennessee , Knoxville Campus.

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Dean Albanese
Published by Harris Media and Publishers Solutions LLC (2009)
ISBN 10: 0979947529 ISBN 13: 9780979947520
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Book Description Harris Media and Publishers Solutions LLC, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0979947529

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