5 Must-See Coin Collections of the Rich and Famous

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The allure of numismatics, or coin collecting, transcends social and economic boundaries, captivating individuals from all walks of life, including the rich and famous. Some of these enthusiasts have amassed collections that are renowned for their rarity, historical significance, and sheer value. 

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1. The King Farouk Collection 

King Farouk of Egypt was known for his lavish lifestyle and his extensive collection of coins. Among the most famous pieces in his collection was the 1933 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, one of the rarest and most valuable coins in the world. 

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2. The Eliasberg Collection 

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., is the only person ever to assemble a complete collection of U.S. coins, including at least one example of every coin issued for circulation by the U.S. Mint from 1792 to the 1950s.  

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3. The Tyrant Collection 

Known as "The Tyrant Collector," the owner of this collection has chosen to remain anonymous. The Tyrant Collection is one of the world's most valuable and comprehensive private coin collections, spanning over 2,500 years of history.  

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4. The John Jay Pittman Collection 

Pittman's collection was notable not just for its content but also for his strategy; he often focused on acquiring coins with historical significance over those that were merely expensive. After his death, his collection was auctioned off in a series of sales, realizing over $30 million. 

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5. The Eric P. Newman Collection 

Notable pieces included the 1787 Brasher Doubloon and 1852 Humbert Fifty Dollar gold piece. The proceeds from the sales of his collection have been used to support numismatic research and scholarship, continuing Newman's legacy. 

These collections stand as testaments to the passion these individuals had for numismatics, showcasing some of the most remarkable coins ever discovered. 

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