Cold, hard cash may be giving way to plastic cards and online shopping,
but that doesn’t mean it can’t command a rare price every
once in a while. There are many
rare coins and bills from around the world that pack a several-million-dollar punch, and many
come from the United States.
Double Eagle Coins
Have you ever seen or heard of a $20 denomination gold coin? Probably not,
as they were last made in the 1930s. The coins, called Double Eagle coins,
were made by the United States Mint from 1849 to 1933. Some of the coins
were printed with the surface emblems raised so high they couldn’t
be stacked well, so they were taken out of circulation. Some of these
rare $20 coins are worth millions today.
Many people have seen the dollar bills with Presidents Washington, Lincoln,
and Jackson’s likeness in the center, but have you seen President
Woodrow Wilson’s face on any? Ever seen a $100,000 bill? The highest
denomination bill the United States ever made were used as fund transfers
between banks. With money transferred electronically, these bills aren’t
used anymore, but they are still worth their printed price in addition
to their rarity, which makes their overall value quite high.
Liberty Head Nickel
There are only five known 1913 Liberty Head nickels in existence. These
were the last unofficial coins made before the United States Mint went
with the Buffalo nickel over the Liberty Head nickels. It’s unknown
how they came to be, but soon they became
legitimate collectibles and considered very valuable.
Ides of March Coin
Coins, and their rarity, are not new to the 19
th or 20
th century. A rare
denarius—the name for a Roman coin—depicts the famous assassination
of the would-be Roman emperor, Julius Caesar. The coin was minted over
2,000 years ago to commemorate Caesar’s assassination on the “Ides
of March,” or March 15, 44 B.C.
Coins of the Realm has
rare coins near Rockville, MD. Call us at (301) 340-1640 for more information.