MOST EXPENSIVE The 10 Most Expensive Coins in the World

Cost: $3.7M The first coin is a 1913 Liberty head nickel from Hawai Five-O, a 1970s TV show. In the series, the coin was used for close-up work and lesser coins for more dangerous labor to avoid devaluing it.

1. Liberty Head Nickel (1913)

Cost: $3.8M An 1804 Bust Collar, Class 1 coin worth $3.8 million follows. This coin is rare and precious due to its long history and a minuscule “D” printed in one of the clouds on the reverse, indicating that it belonged to wealthy numismatist James V. Dexter. 

2. First-Class Dexter-Poque Bust Dollar (1804)

Cost: $4.02M In June 2010, the Canadian mint's 2007 Gold Maple Leaf coin sold for $4,020,000 at Dorotheum Auction House in Vienna, Austria. The 100-kilogram coin is 99.999% pure. It promoted the Royal Canadian Mint's new 99.999% pure one Troy ounce Gold Maple leaf bullion coins. Only five coins have been bought by international collectors.

3. First-Class Dexter-Poque Bust Dollar (1804)

Cost: $4.1M The Silver Dollar Class 1, 1804 ranks seventh on our list of the most costly coins. The “King of U.S Coins” is the world's most famous 1804 silver dollar, selling for $4.1 million in August 1999. Professional Coin Grading Service classified it proof-68, and in 1999, it was the world's most costly coin, surpassing the previous top by more than double. 

4. Silver Dollar Class 1 1804

Cost: $4.5M Morton-Smith-Eliaspberg Liberty Head Nickel auctioned for $4,560,000 in 2018. This variant is one of only five known instances and is regarded the finest on Earth due to its mirror-like surface. It's the only one of five done this way, making it more valuable to collectors and coin lovers. 

5. Liberty Head Nickel 1913

Cost: $6.8M Our oldest coin, 670 years old, is worth $7 million. The $6.8 million coin was auctioned in 2006. One of the rarest and most valuable coins in the world, it's unlikely to be found again.

6. Edward III Florin (1343)

Cost: $7.4M One man's attempt to convince New York State to adopt copper coins instead of gold led to the 1787 Brasher Doubloon. The state declined, therefore Mr. Brasher, a great goldsmith, minted new coins in bronze and a few 22-carat gold coins since they are uncommon and successful. 

7. Brasher Doubloon (1787)

Cost: $7.6M The Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle 1907's intricate design made mass production problematic. The U.S. Mint's head engraver, "Charles Barber," removed "In God We Trust" from the coin, which Congress didn't appreciate. The coin is still made and worth $7.6 million!

8. Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle (1907) 

Cost: $7.6M Due to then-President Theodore Roosevelt's gold ownership ban to alleviate the banking crisis, the mint recalled and destroyed the 1933 Double Eagles, but a tiny proportion of 1993-dated ones escaped. Interestingly, these coins are still prohibited to own and will be melted if detected.

9. Double Eagle (1933)

Cost: $10M This 1794/5 Flowing Hair Silver/Copper Dollar sold for approximately $10 million in 2013, setting a world record. Numismatists consider this the first Federal silver coin. Two years after starting with copper and patterned coins in 1792, the US Mint switched to silver. The Flowing Hair Silver/Copper Dollar, the world's most costly coin, sold for $10 million in 2013 after 200 years.

10. Flowing Hair Silver/ Copper Dollar (1794/5)

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