Five of the Rarest Coins in the World
1. 1913 Liberty Head Nickel
The Liberty Head Nickel was first minted in 1913 and carried a face value of just 5 cents. In 1972, one of these limited-edition Liberty Nickels went on to become the very first coin to achieve a sale value of USD $100,000. However, it is now one of the most valuable coins in the world, having been sold at auction for over $3.7 million in 2010. What’s more, it also holds the title of the ‘most valuable non-precious metal coin’.
2. 1804 Silver Dollar
The 1804 dollar or Bowed Liberty Dollar was a dollar coin struck by the United States Mint, of which fifteen specimens are currently known to exist. Though dated 1804, none were struck in that year; all were minted in the 1830s or later. The Class I division is believed to be the most valuable of these pieces, with one that was previously owned by the Sultan of Muscat being sold for $4.1 million in 1999.
3. 2007 Queen Elizabeth II Maple Leaf Gold Coin
The Queen Elizabeth II Maple Leaf coin is a record-breaking gold coin produced by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007. Weighing in at 100 kg and with a purity level of 99.99%, this massive coin was created as a showcase for the new edition Canadian Maple Leaf gold coins. Featuring an image of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse and a trio of Maple leaves on the reverse, this impressive coin is truly a work of art.
4. 1787 Brasher Gold Doubloon
The 1787 Doubloon Gold Coin was created by its namesake: goldsmith Ephraim Brasher. Brasher single-handedly crafted this gold coin of his own accord, alongside copper coins, when the State of New York legislature refused his appeal to mint new copper coins. The Doubloon coin was unique because it was the only gold coin created by Ephraim Brasher. He was a goldsmith who lived in New York. When the state legislature refused his request to create new copper coins, Brasher decided to make his own gold coins. He made two variants of the Doubloon coin, each with his own hallmark. One coin, which included the hallmark on the eagle’s breast, sold for an astounding $7.4 million in 2011.
5. 1849 Double Eagle Gold Coin
The coin is currently on display at the American Numismatic Association in Colorado. The 1849 Double Eagle is the rarest and most valuable coin in U.S. history. It is one of just two trial pieces that marked the era of the $20 coins, which were nicknamed Double Eagles. The coin was minted in 1850, though it is marked with the year 1849, and production of the coin coincided with the start of the California gold rush. The coin is currently on display at the American Numismatic Association in Colorado.