The materials to make our cash, be it paper notes or metal coins, are often worth a fraction of the value of what’s printed or embossed on their faces. But sometimes, thanks to historical important, rarity, or even a printing error, some pieces of money (especially rare coins) end up being worth more than their face value—a lot more. Don’t let the estimated value of these following coins fool you; they are absolutely priceless.
1343 Edward III Florin
You probably lose spare change every day, so it’s not surprising when you find a nickel or quarter under a sofa cushion. But what if that coin you found was nearly 700 years old? That’s precisely why the 1343 Edward III gold coin is so rare and valuable, as it’s one of only three coins of its type known to have survived the original minting.
1913 Liberty Head Nickel
In 1913, a nickel was pressed without the express consent of the U.S. Mint, which had switched the five-cent piece’s design from that of Lady Liberty to the profile of a Native American. Luckily the U.S. Mint caught the mistake, but not before five coins managed to make their way into the public domain. The most expensive of the 1913 Liberty Head Nickels was bought for $3.7 million at auction.
1794/1975 Flowing Hair Dollar
The 1974/1975 “flowing hair” coin was the first dollar coin issued by the U.S. Federal Government. In January of last year, it became the first dollar coin to be sold at auction for $10 million. Its historical significance makes it one of the most sought after rare coins in the world.
If you have a collection of rare coins, Coins of the Realm would like to see them. Our rare coin experts can appraise your collection and certify the condition of each coin in your set. Visit our website to learn why we are the premier coin dealer in Gaithersburg, MD. If you have any questions for our coin appraisers, contact us online or call us at (301) 340-1640.