To coin collectors and aficionados, many coins are worth far more than their intrinsic platinum, gold or silver value and in some cases can demand millions depending on their rarity and condition. Below are just three of the most famous coins in the numismatic world.
1850-dated Liberty Head Double Eagle
The Liberty Head double eagle, also known as the Coronet double eagle, is an American twenty-dollar gold piece first struck as a pattern coin in 1849, and then produced for commerce from 1850 to 1907. It was designed by Mint of the United States Chief Engraver James B. Longacre. Recently, an 1850 Liberty Head, graded NGC Mint State 61, was offered by Heritage Auctions and went for more than $13,000.
1913 Liberty Head Nickel
The 1913 Liberty Head nickel is an American five-cent piece that was produced in very limited quantity and unauthorized by the United States. Only five were produced at the Philadelphia Mint under secretive circumstances. All other 1913-dated nickels were produced with a design of a Native American on side and a bison on the other. The most important 1913 Liberty Head Nickel, graded PCGS proof 66, was sold for $5 million in 2007.
The Brasher Doubloon was the first gold coin privately minted for a young United States and has been described as “the most important coin in United States numismatics.” One specific Brasher Doubloon, a 1787-dated Contursi-Garrett-Bushnell specimen with designer Ephraim Brasher’s initials, was sold for nearly 7.4 million in 2012.
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