4 Times Rare Coins Changed the Conversation on Wealth

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Rare coins have the power to captivate the imagination, tell rich stories of history and culture, and at times, even redefine perceptions of wealth. 

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1. The 1933 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle Sale in 2021 

When a 1933 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle coin sold for a record-breaking $18.9 million at a Sotheby's auction in June 2021, it shattered previous records for the most expensive coin ever sold. 

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2. The Discovery of the Saddle Ridge Hoard 

In 2013, a couple in California stumbled upon a trove of 1,411 gold coins from the 19th century, valued at over $10 million. Dubbed the "Saddle Ridge Hoard," this discovery was the largest known find of buried gold coins in U.S. history.  

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3. The Sale of the Flowing Hair Silver Dollar  

The 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar, believed to be the first dollar coin issued by the U.S. Mint, sold for over $10 million in 2013. This sale not only set records but also emphasized the historical importance of early American coinage. 

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4. The Brasher Doubloon's Auction Records 

The Brasher Doubloon, struck by a goldsmith neighbor of George Washington, is a testament to the fledgling United States' aspirations towards economic independence and sovereignty.  

These instances exemplify how rare coins can transcend their original purpose as mediums of exchange to become symbols of history, art, and immense wealth. 

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