7 Little-Known Facts About the Most Valuable U.S. Coins Ever!

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1. The 1913 Liberty Head Nickel Was Struck in Secret 

The five known examples of the 1913 Liberty Head Nickel were produced under mysterious circumstances. A mint employee, Samuel W. Brown, is suspected to have struck them at the Philadelphia Mint without authorization, making their existence both a numismatic enigma and a highly sought-after rarity. 

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2. The 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar Might Depict a Real Person 

It's widely believed that the portrait on the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar, the first dollar coin issued by the U.S. Mint, was modeled after a Philadelphia society lady, Ann Willing Bingham. 

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3. 1933 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle  

The entire mintage was ordered to be melted down due to the country's departure from the gold standard. However, a few specimens were stolen and ended up in collectors' hands, one of which sold for over $7.5 million. 

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4. The King of American Coins  

Known as the "King of American Coins," the 1804 Silver Dollar was actually minted in the 1830s as diplomatic gifts for Asian royalty. Only 15 are known to exist, and their mystique and rarity make them incredibly valuable, with sales often exceeding millions of dollars. 

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5. The 1894-S Barber Dime Was a Child's Lunch Money 

Legend has it that one of the ten known 1894-S Barber dimes was given to Hallie Daggett, the daughter of San Francisco Mint Superintendent John Daggett, as lunch money.  

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6. The Unique 1974-D Aluminum Penny 

A few 1974-D aluminum pennies were struck but were supposed to be destroyed. One is known to exist outside of government hands, making it incredibly rare, though its legal status and potential value are shrouded in controversy. 

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7. 1943 Bronze Lincoln Cent 

In 1943, pennies were supposed to be struck in zinc-coated steel to conserve copper for WWII efforts. However, a few were mistakenly struck in bronze, making them some of the most sought-after error coins. 

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