I've been reading a little bit about this case. I find it pretty odd. First of all, why is the gov pursuing this so vehemently?
"U.S. Secret Service, responsible for protecting the nation's currency, has been pursuing them for nearly 70 years, through 13 Administrations and 12 different directors. The investigation has spanned three continents and involved some of the most famous coin collectors in the world..."
Just how much has this cost us?
"In 1945, the Justice Dept. wanted to press charges, but by then the statute of limitations had run out."
And yet they are still in pursuit?
Re one of the coins that was recovered in a sting:
"After five years of legal wrangling and just four days before the case was scheduled to go to trial in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Fenton and the Justice Dept. came to an unusual agreement: The coin would be auctioned off and the proceeds split between them."
Sooooo... There is something so vital to national security that they would pursue these coins for 70+ years at untold expense but we will split the proceeds with you.
I am speaking of the life of a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children; who has undertaken to cherish it and do it no damage, not because he is duty-bound, but because he loves the world and loves his children… - Wendell Berry, 1971