The Streets of San Francisco - A Collection of Eagles (1973)
US Double Eagle $20 gold coins and a Good Luck coin
This 1973 episode of the television program "The Streets of San Francisco" shows
United States $20 gold coins of the St. Gaudens variety which were made from 1907 to 1933.
These coins were known as "double eagles", hence the title of the episode.
Lt. Mike Stone and Inspector Steve Keller, who solve major crimes in that city.
Stone is a long time street-smart policeman and Keller is his assistant with a college degree.
"The Streets of San Francisco" was an television show which ran from 1972 to 1977.
Lt. Mike Stone and Inspector Steve Keller, who solve major crimes in that city.
Stone was a long time street-smart policeman and Keller was his assistant with a college degree.
United States twenty dollar gold coins, substitute them for the real coins being
held by a wealthy retired businessman, then sell the real coins to foreign buyers.
she is writing a book about him.
Inspector Steve Keller. It was produced by Quinn Martin Productions and
Warner Brothers Television for the ABC Television Network.
of this type were called. Gold coins of this type circulated until 1933.
his assistant, and the research and laboratory work which enable the police to apprehend the criminals.
Vincent Hagopian, a crooked coin dealer, and Belinda Montgomery as Karen Pearson,
James' assistant and Vincent's girlfriend.
Possibly Belinda Montgomery was chosen because she somewhat resembled "The Third Man"
actress Alida Valli.
2. San Francisco lights
San Francisco is "sin city"
The episode starts with Vincent, the coin dealer, in the back of his coin shop
where he is making fake coins.
3. Ernie arrives from Mexico
Ernie has arrived in San Francisco with the goods and is staying in a low-rent hotel.
The thief is sloppy and spills some items on the floor.
4. The police arrive
The detectives Stone and Keller arrive at Ernie's hotel room.
which Keller says looks like "an old good luck coin".
The diameter of the $20 gold coin is 34mm, which might be "close".
5. Good Luck Coin with Swami and All-Seeing Eye
Bronze, 32mm, 11.97gm
"Swami" or Fortune Teller wearing turban gazing into crystal ball.
Swastika appears on crystal ball.
GOOD LUCK WILL ACCOMPANY THE BEARER
Good luck symbols
Swastika, Key-lock, Four-Leaf Clover, Elephant, Horseshoe, Rabbit's Foot, Wishbone
All-Seeing Eye below
THE ALL SEEING EYE / GUARDS YOU FROM EVIL
6. Item found in hotel room
The police find something unusual in the room
in the wealthy "Nob Hill" area.
7. John James' apartment with coin display case
The nice furnishings here indicate man of wealth and taste.
8. Close-up of the display case
9. United States $20 gold St. Gaudens variety 1927
10. John James
Mr. James, the wealthy retired businessman.
who is writing a book about his life and sometimes acting as a personal assistant.
Karen has no interest in coins.
11. Karen, the personal assistant
He plans to donate the collection to a university, and explains to Karen that
when he first moved to San Francisco to start his business, he had a double eagle
which he had to spend, and he has always wanted to "have it back".
However, she met Vincent on one of his coin-related visits, he romanced her,
and now has made her his "inside" partner in his scheme.
He also tells her that the coin collection is worth half a million dollars.
man's hotel room.
12. Johnson explains to Stone and Keller
Keller knows what a planchet is, a metal disk that is made to be stamped into a coin.
Keller explains that he works crossword puzzles.
a twenty dollar gold piece, about one ounce of gold.
It is interesting that he just happens to have a "Red Book", unless he is a member of the lodge.
by R. S. Yeoman (Author), Kenneth Bressett (Editor), published yearly since 1947,
now by Krause Publications. It comes in a red cover, hence the name.
13. Stone and Keller with a "Red Book"
They wonder what was somebody living in a run-down hotel was doing with gold planchets.
Keller states that an ounce of gold is worth 65 or 70 on international market.
the real coins by date and mintmark, a major operation.
14. Vincent and Tommy working back of shop
Karen visits Vincent at his shop.
15. Karen arrives at the shop
She is unconfortable with the scheme and wants to back out,
but Vincent talks her into continuing.
Karen gives Vincent a diagram of the coins in the case with locations and dates.
Vincent keeps telling her about how much fun they will have with the money from the crime.
16. Vincent Karen walk down the street
The street is Maiden Lane.
"Stop worrying, he lives on top of Nob Hill"
"I watched while my father pandered to them"
"I want to see the world".
17. Vincent and Karen
Ransohoff's women's fashion store was still in business then.
18. The St. Francis Hotel in the background
The St. Francis Hotel is located in the downtown area of Union Square.
19. Vincent and Karen at Union Square
Macy's Department Store is in the background.
20. They hop on a Powell Street Cable Car
One of San Francisco's famous cable cars.
21. Vincent's coin stamping die
Tommy does not like Vincent calling Karen, he is almost jealous of her.
Vince says that the call "is just business".
22. Stone and Keller at the police laboratory
The victim's clothing had salt water and ship paint, which identifies him
as having been on a boat near the ocean.
and identifies the thief as Ernie Walker.
The holders would also have to match the ones that James uses.
23. The fakes all ready to go
He decides that Tommy is no longer of use and gives him an extra strong shot of dope.
to a University and concentrate on growing roses.
24. James with his roses
Stone and Keller head out to lunch.
25. Mama's Washington Square restaurant
The restaurant is still in business on Stockton Street
They discuss why did Ernie, who lived in SF, go to San Diego.
Because it is close to Mexico and Mexican gold refiners.
26. Stone and Keller walking
Keller comes up with the idea that the planchets are going to be used for
making counterfeit gold coins.
They would be hard to sell, because "those guys can tell a phony".
Keller plans to call the "numismatic society".
Stone tells Keller that he knows what numismatic means, he has a worked a
few crossword puzzles himself.
27. Stone and Keller church
The church in the background is the Saint Peter And Paul Catholic Church, located at 666 Filbert Street.
28. Karen calls Vincent
Vincent then gets a call from the detectives who ask him to come in.
He is worried but not too much.
They find that a "1907 extra high relief $20 gold coin is worth $22.000.
29. Coin expert comes in
Yes, it is him.
(That would be some list)
Vincent tells them that the counterfeits would be swapped for real coins because
"how many coin collectors look at their coins after several years?".
He also tells them that the 1907 coin is too rare to counterfeit.
coin magazines and catalogs.
owns many other rare coins, and lives in San Francisco.
30. Stone and Keller
Lots of numismatic research material on the desk
31. James and Karen
James shows Karen one of his coins, soon they will be gone.
He tell her that he started his collection because his uncle Henry gave him a gold coin
on his 7th birthday and he spent it later to buy a train ticket to San Francisco.
32. Karen locks the display case
But leaves the lock unclosed.
33. Vincent looking at the display case
While Karen and James are talking in another room, Vincent arrives.
34. James tells Karen some more about his life
"Then I met this guy named Harry Lime"
(No, that is not in the episode).
35. Karen unhappy
James tells her that the coins are going to the English department,
and mentions that he got her name from dean at the university.
He also tells her that he wants to name a beautiful rose after her.
She is becoming more distraught at the choice that she has made.
36. Stone and Keller arrive at apartment
Karen was still in the apartment and heard the police coming.
Stone and Keller look at the display case.
37. Stone and Keller look at the display case
The detectives explain to James that he might have some counterfeit coins,
and that they are investigating two murders possibly connected to the scheme.
The detectives ask if he knows Mr. Hagopian, the coin dealer,
he replies that he bought coins from him before he died.
Stone calls his office and wants a "make" on Hagopian's coin shop on Maiden Lane.
(Maiden Lane is near the St. Francis Hotel and Union Square, very expensive real estate)
38. White gloves
He tells James that they have two murders tied to this case.
39. Stone and Keller with James
Keller is wearing white gloves.
James examines coin and finds scratches and realizes it is not same coin.
James states that it is a 1883 proof with only 40 in existence.
James explains that she met Vincent, he introduced them when Vincent arrived
one time to make a delivery.
James denies her involvement, but then realizes that she had to be in on it.
She still wants to abort the scheme.
40. Karen arrives at the shop
Vincent is ready to leave and he tells her:
"I don't need you, your whining mouth or you pawing me".
He slugs her and knocks her down, then gets ready to inject her with something.
She gets up to see what is going on.
41. Stone arrives at Vincent's shop
Vincent pulls a gun and Keller is forced to shoot him.
42. Stone hides behind a store coin display case
43. Karen and Keller
Vincent pulls a gun and tries to shoot it out with the cops.
44. The bad guy gets his
Another case closed by Stone and Keller.
Back at the police office, they do the necessary paperwork.
45. Stone and Keller at the office
Stone is holding a coin magazine.
The gifts are from Mr. James and are United States silver dollars.
46. Stone looks at gift silver dollar
The silver dollars are dated 1882, and look uncirculated.
They appear to be in some kind of plastic holders.
Stone and Keller look at their "Red Book" to find out how much they are worth.
47. Looking at the "Red Book"
"We're rich, four dollars apiece!"
48. Desk with "Red Book", silver dollars, and note
49. Close-up of the silver dollars
This episode was set and filmed in San Francisco, California, but it could have been set
in any large American city.
1907 extremely high relief $20 gold coins have sold for several hundred thousand dollars.
Karl Malden as Detective Lt. Mike Stone
Michael Douglas as Inspector Steve Keller
John Saxon as Vincent 'Vince' Hagopian Jr.
Belinda Montgomery as Karen Pearson
Joseph Cotten as John R. James
Hari Rhodes as Charlie Johnson, Lab Technician
Writers: Robert I. Holt, Edward Hume