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Smithsonian Networks Announces Programming Slate


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WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- An ambitious programming slate of over sixty programs from some of the industry's top non-fiction production companies will be the foundation of the Smithsonian Networks when it makes its Video On Demand service available to operators later this spring.

 

THE HUNT FOR THE DOUBLE EAGLE - from Fulcrum TV.

 

The story of the 1933 solid gold Double Eagle is a mystery story about the intrigue and greed stirred by the world's most valuable coin. Two examples of this coin, which last sold for $7 million, exist in the Smithsonian's coin collection, and our film will draw upon Smithsonian experts to tell this tale. Commissioned by President Theodore Roosevelt to reflect the growing glory of America in the early 20th century, the 1933 Double Eagle never entered legal circulation and was thought destroyed, except for the two at the Smithsonian. Mysteriously, a handful of the coins escaped the US Mint and led authorities on a decades-long chase. . Both beautiful and unattainable, the coin has been on the United States Secret Service's Most Wanted list for over 70 years. This film will retrace the Secret Service investigation of the 1933 Double Eagle through nearly three-quarters of a century of American history. It's a dramatic story that crosses continents and includes corruption at the US mint, illuminates the decadence and avarice of King Farouk of Egypt until it is finally recovered in a sting at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.

 

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/ne...ase,51348.shtml

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