5 Forbidden Coins Collectors Dream of Owning: The Untold Stories

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The world of numismatics is filled with tales of rare and often forbidden coins—pieces so valuable and shrouded in mystery that they capture the imagination of collectors worldwide. 

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1. 1933 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle 

Perhaps the most infamous of all U.S. coins, the 1933 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle was never officially circulated. The entire mintage was ordered melted down after the U.S. went off the gold standard, but a few coins survived, thanks to thefts from the Mint.  

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2. 1913 Liberty Head Nickel 

Only five of these coins were ever produced, under highly mysterious circumstances, as the Liberty Head design was officially replaced by the Buffalo Nickel in 1913. Their existence wasn't discovered until years later, making their origin the subject of much speculation. 

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3. 1974-D Aluminum Penny 

This coin was struck as a test piece when the U.S. Mint was exploring alternatives to copper, which had become expensive. However, Congress never approved the aluminum penny for public release. 

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4. The Brasher Doubloon (1787) 

Struck by Ephraim Brasher, a goldsmith and neighbor of George Washington, these gold coins challenge the norms of their time, featuring unique designs and Brasher’s hallmark. 

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5. The 1343 Edward III Florin  

Its story is one of medieval ambition, as it was part of an attempt to produce a gold currency in England that ultimately failed, with most of the coins being melted down.  

Each of these coins represents a unique chapter in the rich tapestry of numismatic history, embodying tales of intrigue, ambition, and sometimes, greed. 

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