5 Rare Coins That Made Headlines: Unbelievable Stories

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Rare coins often capture the imagination of collectors and the general public alike, not only because of their monetary value but also because of the stories and histories they represent.  

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1. 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent 

This coin is renowned among collectors due to its extremely limited mintage and the fact that it bears the initials of its designer, Victor David Brenner, on the reverse. The initials were considered controversial at the time and were removed in later mintages, making the initial coins with the initials highly sought after.

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2. 1913 Liberty Head Nickel 

Only five of these coins are known to exist, making them some of the most coveted and storied coins in U.S. numismatics. The Liberty Head Nickels were officially discontinued in 1912, but five were mysteriously struck in 1913 and their origin has been a subject of speculation and intrigue. 

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3. 1933 Double Eagle  

This $20 gold coin became famous because it was never officially released into circulation. The U.S. government had removed gold coins from circulation and ordered the melting of 1933 Double Eagle coins, but a few escaped.  

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4. 1787 Brasher Doubloon 

One of the earliest American gold coins, struck by goldsmith and silversmith Ephraim Brasher. What makes the Brasher Doubloon particularly interesting is its rarity and the fact that Brasher was neighbors with George Washington.  

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5. The Saddle Ridge Hoard 

A coin graded MS-70 by a reputable grading service, with additional rarity factors such as a unique mint mark error, dramatic double striking, or other features that make it a one-of-a-kind specimen. 

Their discoveries often lead to more questions than answers, fueling the fascination and intrigue that surrounds the world of rare coin collecting. 

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