Stephen W. King is an author and retired university dean with a life-long interest in coin history and collecting. He joined Nancy’s Bookshelf this week to speak about his latest, ‘All That Glisters Is Not Gold.”
He is the author of several non-fiction books and a writer of various articles. Born in San Francisco, he now lives with his wife of fifty-two years in Chico, California.
After the death of his beloved grandfather, Lucas Bitterman discovers he and his family have inherited a priceless collection of twenty-dollar gold pieces minted in the early twentieth century. The will also be stipulated that Luke is the sole protector of the collection’s crowning piece: a 1933 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, one of only a handful known to exist.
With the help of a numismatist trusted by his grandfather, Luke learns that not only is the coin worth millions of dollars, it is also viewed as stolen by the federal government. It is illegal to own, impossible to publicly sell, and highly desired by both wealthy collectors and common street thugs. Fearing for the safety of his family, Luke is thrown into a dilemma. How can he deal with this problematic inheritance?