A century-old nickel — believed to be faux and lacking for a number of a long time — has offered for some severe money.
The $4.2M piece of foreign money simply offered, and was made again in 1913 … with a Liberty head and a easy “V” on the tails. It is one in all 5 nickels with that particular design identified to be nonetheless in existence, with 2 at the moment in museums.
The hunt for this coin is loopy — it was as soon as owned by collector George O. Walton up till 1962, when he was killed in a automobile crash. The nickel was recovered from the accident, however his household was mistakenly instructed it wasn’t the true deal.
The “faux” coin sat in a closet for many years … however a nationwide hunt for the uncommon change kicked off in 2003, when Walton’s household submitted it to an knowledgeable, confirming it WAS legit. They offered it at public sale a decade later for $3.1M.
The Firman household, who owned the nickel, made the brand new sale — promoting to Ian Russell, President of GreatCollections in Irvine, CA.
FYI — 1913 was the yr the nickel’s design modified from Liberty to a Native American on the pinnacle … however a number of OG designs, like this one, had been nonetheless made underneath mysterious circumstances on the mint in Philadelphia.
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