10 Unusual Coins That Are Worth More Than You Think

1804 Bust Dollar - Class I (Dexter-Pogue Specimen)

The World's Rarest and Most Valuable Coins list includes the "King of American Coins" again in the top 10. 

1804 Bust Dollar - Class I (Mickley-Hawn-Queller Specimen)

The coin recognized as the #10 Most Valuable Coins in the World sold for $3,737,500 in April 2008. In contrast, the Hawaii Five-O 1913 Liberty Head Nickel lost approximately $500,000 when sold again.

$1 Million Gold Canadian Maple Leaf

The Royal Canadian Mint issued the first million-dollar coin in 2007. The 50 cm (20 inches) by 3 cm (1.2 inches) coin contains 100 kilograms (220 pounds or 3,215 troy ounces) of 99.999% pure gold

1804 Silver Dollar - Class I (The Watters-Childs Specimen)

This "King of U.S. Coins" is the best 1804 Silver Dollar known and graded Proof-68 by Professional Coin Grading Service. After selling in August 1999, this coin became the world's most valuable.

1913 Liberty Head Nickel - Morton-Smith-Eliasberg Specimen

Of the five 1913 Liberty Head nickels known, this is the best. The ANA U.S. Coins Auction in Philadelphia, PA, auctioned the Dr. William Morton-Smith/Louis E.

1787 Brasher Doubloon - EB on Breast [Bushnell-Garrett]

Blanchard and Company sold this coin to a private collector for almost $7,000,000 without an auction. The 1787 Brasher Doubloon (#4) has Ephraim Brasher's counter stamp on the eagle's wing.

1787 Brasher Doubloon - EB on Wing [Gilmor, Newlin, Davis, Brand]

Late 1700s New York City goldsmith and silversmith Ephraim Brasher. Although the US Mint was not yet operational, the colonies minted their own currency. 

1787 Brasher Doubloon - EB on Wing [Patrick Specimen]

World's most famous numismatic rare is the New York Style Brasher doubloon. The best of the seven specimens is this one. In 1848, numismatist Matthew Stickney bought this.

1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar

This coin broke the world record when Stack's Bowers sold it at the January 2013 New York Americana Sale. Numismatists believe it was the first US silver dollar.

1933 Double Eagle

The US was in 1933. Around 500,000 twenty-dollar gold pieces were manufactured that year. Roosevelt issued an executive order recalling all gold coins and instructing the mint to melt all $20 gold pieces.

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