People have different collecting hobbies and coin collection is one of them. Collecting coins is one of the most popular hobbies in the world. Where some collectors are known to spend crazy amounts of money for their hobbies. There are some coins that value more than one could imagine, as much as millions of dollars. The value of a coin depends on the historical importance and rarity of the piece, and even minting errors. Today we came with the list of 10 of the most rarest and valuable coins in the world.
10 –1344 Edward III florin
Value: $6.8 Million
The double florin or double leopard was an attempt in 1344 by English king Edward III to produce a gold coinage suitable for use in Europe as well as in England.Only three examples of this coin are known to exist: two discovered in the River Tyne in 1857, and one discovered in January 2006. The latter coin was sold at auction in July 2006 for a record price for a British coin, of £460,000. The first two discovered are displayed in the British Museum. It is currently valued at $6.8 million.
9 –1822 Half Eagle
The half eagle is a United States coin that was produced for circulation from 1795 to 1929 and in commemorative and bullion coins since the 1980s. Composed almost entirely of gold, it has a face value of five dollars. Its production was authorized by The Act of April 2, 1792, and it was the first gold coin minted by the United States.Around 17,796 pieces of this gold coin were produced, but there are only three specimens known to exist now. Two of them are housed by the National Numismatic Collection of the Smithsonian Institution. The other specimen was sold in 1982 for nearly seven hundred thousand USD.
8 – 1907 Saint-Gaudens double eagle
Value: $3.7 Million
The Saint-Gaudens double eagle is a twenty-dollar gold coin, or double eagle, produced by the United States Mint from 1907 to 1933. The coin is named after its designer, the sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who designed the obverse and reverse. It is considered by many to be the most beautiful of U.S. coins. Two specimens of the 1907 coin are housed in the Smithsonian museum. One specimen was sold at an auction in 2005 for nearly $3 million.
7 –Liberty Head Nickel
Value: $4.5 Million
The Liberty Head nickel, sometimes referred to as the V nickel because of its reverse (or tails) design, is an American five-cent piece. It was struck for circulation from 1883 until 1912, with at least five pieces being surreptitiously struck dated 1913. The obverse features a left-facing image of the goddess of Liberty.The existence of the coins became public knowledge only in 1920, all of which were owned by Samuel Brown, a former employee of the Mint. Although no 1913 Liberty head nickels were officially struck, five are known to exist. While it is uncertain how these pieces originated, they have come to be among the most expensive coins in the world, with one selling in 2018 for $4.5 million.
6 –1804 Silver dollar
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The 1804 dollar or Bowed Liberty Dollar was a dollar coin struck by the Mint of the United States, of which fifteen specimens are currently known to exist. They were first created for use in special proof coin sets used as diplomatic gifts during Edmund Roberts’ trips to Siam and Muscat. In the mid-twentieth century, the coins realized over $30,000. In 1999, a Class I example sold for $4.14 million, then the highest price paid for any coin. Their high value has caused 1804 dollars to be a frequent target of counterfeiting and other methods of deception .
5 – Canadian Gold Mapple Leaf
Value: $4.02 Million
On 3 May 2007, the Royal Canadian Mint unveiled a Gold Maple Leaf coin with a nominal face value of $1 million and a metal value of over $3.5 million. It measures 50 cm in diameter by 3 cm thick and has a mass of 100 kg, with a purity of 99.999%.One specimen was sold for $4.02 million at an auction in Vienna in 2009. But On 26 March 2017, one of the five pieces was stolen from the Bode Museum. It has not been found as of 27 March 2018.
4 –1787 Brasher Doubloon
Value: $7.4 Million
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In 1787, Ephraim Brasher, a goldsmith and silversmith, submitted a petition to the State of New York to mint copper coins. The petition was denied when New York decided not to get into the business of minting copper coinage. Then he started producing coins on his own, along with copper coins.There are a few varieties, based on Brasher’s hallmark on the coins. One specimen which has the mark on eagle’s breast was sold for $7.4 million in 2011 and one with marks on the eagle’s wings was sold for $4.5 million in 2014. Only a few coins of these types exist now.
3 – 1933 Double Eagle
Value: $ 7.59 Million
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The 1933 double eagle is a United States 20-dollar gold coin. Although 445,500 specimens of this Saint-Gaudens double eagle were minted in 1933, none were ever officially circulated, and all coins were melted except two were saved. However, 20 more are known to have been rescued from melting by being stolen and found their way into the hands of collectors , but later being recovered and destroyed. Ten others are held in fort Knox. But in 2002 one remaining recovered coin was sold to an anonymous bidder who paid $7.59 million for it.
2 –Flowing Hair Dollar
Value: $10 Million
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The Flowing Hair dollar was the first dollar coin issued by the United States federal government.It was designed by Robert Scot in 1794. The coin, composed of silver and copper, sported a bust of liberty on one side and an eagle on the other. It was replaced the next year. The historical importance and rarity makes it a favourite of the collectors. In 2013, a specimen of the 1794 mint was auctioned for a record $10 million.
1 –1849 Double Eagle
Value : $20 Million
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The first double eagle was minted in 1849, coinciding with the California Gold Rush. Only two pieces were produced at that time, and held the face value of $20. The first resides in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The second was presented to Treasury Secretary William M. Meredith and was later sold as part of his estate—the present location of this coin remains unknown. While the preserved coin is estimated to hold a value of $20 million.