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Sahara (2005)
Confederate $20 gold coin sparks treasure hunt in Africa
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The 2005 Paramount Pictures film "Sahara" features a "Confederate twenty dollar gold coin".
The film stars Matthew McConaughey as Dirk Pitt and Steve Zahn as Al Giordino, two adventurers
who head for modern Mali in Africa to hunt for a Confederate battleship which escaped from
Richmond Virginia with gold in 1865.
They are joined by a woman doctor looking for the source of a disease.
At one point a "Confederate gold dollar" is found and a twenty dollar coin is shown.
1. Title logo coin
This side is not used in the film.
2. Title logo coin
This side appears later in the film
3. Title
Along the way they encounter a brutal dictator, his soldiers, a corporate CEO who is running a
hazardous waste plant, and some desert warriors.
They are led to the wreck by a gold Confederate dollar which Dirk buys from a local antiquity hunter.
The story is sometimes serious and sometimes humorous, and might remind one of the old
Bob Hope and Bing Crosby "Road" films of the 1940's.
The film characters talk about a "Confederate dollar" but the prop coin shown is a twenty dollar coin.
It looks like two prop coins were used with different designs.
4. Treasure coins in tray
These appear to be Spanish cob coins.
5. Dirk shows coin to his boss
Dirk tries to convince his boss, the "Admiral", to authorize him to look for the battleship.
Dirk is trying to convince the Admiral:
"Admiral, have you ever seen a Confederate gold dollar?"
"Dear God, don't start this again."
"Of course not."
"The Confederacy never made a gold dollar."
"The mint was destroyed near the end of the war."
"Dirk, I beg you on my hands and knees. Don't."
"But not before Jefferson Davis had five samples made."
"He gave four of those samples to his top generals:"
"Lee, Jackson, Stuart and Johnston."
"Every time we come to Africa, out comes that stupid ship model."
"Out come the old port journals."
"Four of those samples have been found."
"But the fifth never was."
"That one was given to an old family friend of Davis."
"A brilliant young sea captain named Mason Tombs."
"Captain of the CSS ironclad Texas."
6. Coin closeup
The legend appears to read "Confederate States of America".
7. Coin closeup
The legend appears to read "CSA 20 Dollars" and is surrounded
by rings with abreviations for states names.
Al is trying to convince Dirk that the coin means nothing:
"Hey, you know, my dad collected ancient coins."
"From Rome, China, Siam, Persia."
"Somehow they all ended up in a shoebox in New Jersey."
"Coins travel, Dirk."
8. Al and Dirk on camels
9. Eva, Al, and Dirk in a car
10. Eva, Dirk, and Al, in a cave looking at ancient drawings
11. Ancient drawing of Confederate battleship arriving in Africa
12. Eva, Al, and Dirk on camels
13. Battleship interior coin closeup
It appears to be the "Confederate States of America" coin shown above.
14. Battleship treasure chest
The film ends happily, the Admiral gets the treasure and Dirk gets the girl.
Matthew McConaughey as Dirk Pitt
Steve Zahn as Al Giordino
Penélope Cruz as Eva Rojas
William H. Macy as Admiral Jim Sandecker
Director: Breck Eisner
Writers: Thomas Dean Donnelly, Clive Cussler (novel)
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