6 Epic Tales of Lost Coins Found Decades Later

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The discovery of lost coins decades later often feels like a narrative pulled from the pages of history, blending luck, persistence, and sometimes sheer accident into stories that captivate and inspire. 

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1. The 1913 Liberty Head Nickel 

One of the most famous coins in U.S. history, the 1913 Liberty Head Nickel, had only five known examples. One of these coins was lost to the public eye for over 40 years. Known as the "Olsen Specimen," it resurfaced in the hands of a North Carolina collector in the early 1960s.  

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2. The Double Eagle 1933 

Considered one of the most valuable coins in the world, a 1933 Double Eagle was found in a deceased collector's possessions by his heirs in the 1990s, decades after it was thought all had been returned to and melted down by the U.S. Mint. 

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3. The Walton Specimen 1913 Liberty Head Nickel 

Lost for over 40 years and presumed destroyed in a car crash that killed its owner, George O. Walton, this coin was later found in a closet by his heirs in 2003. Initially dismissed as a fake, it was authenticated in 2013 and is now one of the most celebrated numismatic discoveries. 

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4. The Cheapside Hoard 

In 1912, workmen demolishing a building in London uncovered a buried wooden box containing over 400 pieces of Elizabethan and Jacobean jewelry, including gold coins. 

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5. The Saddle Ridge Hoard 

In 2013, a couple in California found a cache of 1,427 coins from 1847 to 1894 buried in their backyard. Valued at over $10 million, this hoard of gold coins, lost for over a century, is one of the most significant finds of buried treasure in U.S. history. 

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6. The 1943 Bronze Lincoln Cent 

One such coin was found by a teenager in his change in the 1940s but was only authenticated and recognized for its rarity decades later. In 2019, one of these coins sold for over $200,000. 

Each of these tales not only highlights the historical and monetary value of the coins involved but also reminds us of the serendipity that often accompanies the discovery of lost treasures. 

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