10 Rare Coins That Made People Millionaires Overnight

1933 Double Eagle

One of the rarest and most precious gold coins. Augustus Saint-Gaudens created it with Lady Liberty on the obverse and an eagle in flight on the reverse.

Silver Dollar of 1804

Early nineteenth-century US minting. The “King of American Coins” is one of the rarest and most precious coins in the world. The coin was made in the late 1820s or early 1830s, not 1804.

Florin, Edward III

The “Double Leopard” gold coin, struck in 1343, is one of the oldest in the world. Under King Edward III of England, the coin features the king on the obverse and two leopards on the reverse.

Kannari Sycee 1343

Silver-only ancient Chinese coin. Rare, it may have been struck during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). The coin, named after the Kan word for “money,” has long been used as currency in China.

Brasher Doubloon, 1787

George Washington's neighbor and jeweler Ephraim Brasher struck the coin. The coin's obverse shows the sun and its reverse an eagle.

Fugio Centennial, 1787

US's first official coin. The Continental Congress authorized it in 1787, and it features the sun on the obverse and “Mind Your Business” on the reverse. 

Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, 1907

Augustus Saint-Gaudens designed it with Lady Liberty on the front and an eagle on the back. The designer-named gold coin is one of the most gorgeous and rare.

Half Dollar 1838-O

The US Mint released a coin in 1838. The “No Drapery” Half Dollar lacks Liberty's left drapery. Coin collectors value the 1838-O Half Dollar for its American numismatic significance.

Silver Center Cent, 1792

It was struck in America in 1792. Copper with a silver plug. The trial coin is uncommon, with only one known example. Collectors value this American numismatic artifact.

Double Eagle 1849

The US Mint released a coin in 1849. Lady Liberty is on the obverse and an eagle on the reverse. The $20 coin is named for its denomination.

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