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$90,000 heirloom coin returned to Lake Worth woman


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A rare 1907 gold coin worth as much as $90,000 and commissioned by President Theodore Roosevelt found its way back to a Lake Worth woman on Thursday, years after her family thought it was missing.


Phyllis Childers, the great-great-granddaughter of the first president of Panama, received the coin in a small afternoon ceremony in Tallahassee. Childers, 49, told state officials that Roosevelt had given the half-dollar-sized coin to Panamanian President Manuel Amador Guerrero. It had been missing since 1997, when Childers' mother, Tere Claiborne, placed it in a safety deposit box at a local bank and later lost the paperwork.


When nobody claimed the coin after Claiborne's death in 2000, it made its way into a vault near the state Capitol where it joined thousands of other homeless treasures — $72 million worth from accounts in Palm Beach County alone.





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