6 Amazing Stories Behind the World's Most Valuable Coins

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The world of numismatics is filled with fascinating tales that often sound more like the plots of adventure novels than historical accounts.  

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1. The 1933 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle 

Most were melted down, but a few escaped. One sold at auction in 2002 for over $7.5 million, partly due to its intriguing backstory involving theft, international intrigue, and a lengthy legal battle with the U.S. government.  

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2. The Flowing Hair Silver/Copper Dollar 1794/5  

It's believed that its design, featuring a portrait of Liberty with flowing hair, symbolized freedom. In 2013, a 1794 version, speculated to be the very first struck and in superb condition, was sold for over $10 million, making it one of the most expensive coins ever sold. 

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3. The Brasher Doubloon 1787 

One of these coins, with Brasher's EB hallmark on the eagle’s breast, sold for over $7.4 million in 2011, celebrated for its craftsmanship, rarity, and the glimpse it offers into the early monetary experiments of the young United States. 

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4. The 1913 Liberty Head Nickel 

Their rarity and the stories of intrigue surrounding their creation have made them legendary among collectors. One of these nickels was sold for over $3.7 million in 2010. 

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5. The Sestertius of Hadrian  

One particularly well-preserved example fetched over $1.6 million at auction, a testament to its historical significance and the artistry of ancient Roman minting. 

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6. The Canadian 1911 Silver Dollar 

It was never put into circulation for reasons that remain unclear. One of these dollars was sold at auction for over $1 million in 2003, making it one of the most valuable Canadian coins. 

These stories encapsulate the allure of coin collecting, blending historical significance, artistic beauty, and the thrill of the hunt for rare and valuable items. 

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