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The Top 5 Rarest US Coins

While there are many rare coins throughout the world and history, and many would debate where they would rank in rarity. Most believe in rarity based on number minted and how many are known to exist. Monetary value also has a big part to play. With that said, here is our list of the top 5 rarest US coins.

1863 Liberty Head Gold CoinNo. 5 – 1861 Liberty Head Gold Coin

This gold coin coming in at number five on our list was actually minted on accident. Late revisions for the coin were issued to the US mint but they didn’t receive word of them until after some of the coins had already been produced and put into circulation. Only two are know and in 2010 went for a cool 5.6 million dollars.

1804 Crosset Liberty Gold EagleNo. 4 – 1804 Ten Dollar Gold Piece

Less than 10 of these rare coins were ever produced, and only three are known to still currently exist today. Additionally, these coins were produced three decades after their minted year. The most recent sighting of this coin was seen in 2005 where it was sold 8.5 million dollars. These like their more rare silver dollar counterparts were mainly produced for diplomatic purposes.

1913 Liberty Head NickelNo. 3 – 1913 Liberty Nickel

Another US Mint mistake is the 1913 Liberty nickel. Produced in 1913, the liberty head nickels were produced without the US Mint knowing. Since the buffalo nickel was supposed to be produced that year, no liberty head nickels were to be minted but somehow a handful were made. Samuel Brown, an employee of the US Mint is credited for secretly minting these coins and then sneaking them out of the office. Only five are known to exist, two are exhibits in museums and the other three are part of private collections. The last time one of these nickels was at public auction was in 2010 where it fetched 3.7 million dollars.

1933 Saint Gaudens Gold Double EagleNo. 2 – 1933 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle

One of the rarest coins known, the Saint-Gaudens Double eagle was minted in 1933, but was never released into circulation due to a change in currency laws during the Great Depression. The entire run was supposedly melted down into gold bullion. However, a US Mint cashier is said to have given out some of the coins in exchange for earlier double-eagles. Outside of the two that are in the national currency collection at the Smithsonian there are two other known coins. The only known auction of the coin was handled by Sotheby’s where it fetched 7.5 million dollars.

1804 Silver DollarNo.1  – 1804 Silver Dollar

Coming in at the top of the list is the 1804 Silver Dollar also known as the Bowed Liberty Dollar. This coin is the holy grail of numismatic collectors. Currently, there are only 15 known genuine 1804 silver dollars. These rare coins were actually produced 30 years after their stamp date and used mainly for diplomatic purposes. One example is the famous King of Siam coin which can be seen in the movie, “The King and I” and in the novel, Anna and the King of Siam. This silver dollar is also one of the few coins to possess three separate classes of quality. Class I is considered the original genuine coin. Class II and III were produced illegally by an employee of the Philadelphia branch of the US Mint. All of the Class II were seized and destroyed save one which resides in the Smithsonian. Class III were also produced illegally and while the US Mint tried seizing all of these copies as well some had already been distributed to collectors.

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The Official Silver Bullion Coin of the U.S.

American_Silver_EagleThe United States Mint first released the American Silver Eagle on November 24, 1986. As the official bullion of the U.S., this shiny coin was struck only in the one troy ounce size. Since their launch in 1986, American Eagle Silver coins have been produced and sold in both proof and bullion finishes. Today, Silver Eagles are among the leading bullion coin investment products in the country.

Iconic Design

The Silver Eagle was inspired from the “Walking Liberty” designed by Adolph A. Weinman. Weinman originally used the design on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar coin of the U.S. from 1916 to 1947. This iconic design quickly gained popularity in the country and is still one of the most beloved designs of any U.S. coinage of modern times.

Reverse Side

The reverse side of the Silver Eagle portrays a heraldic eagle behind a shield. Designed by John Mercanti, the eagle grasps an olive branch in its right talon and arrows in its left, echoing the Great Seal of the U.S. Above the eagle are 13 five-pointed stars, which embody the original Thirteen Colonies. As the national bird, the eagle has appeared on all official seals of the U.S.

Collector Value

The U.S. Mint certifies the Silver Eagle content, weight and purity. While the face value of this coin is one dollar, its metal value is far more valuable. Guaranteed to contain one troy ounce of 99.9 percent pure silver, this coin is worth between $26-40 dollars depending on the current market. Collectors can purchase Silver Eagles on our website or directly from the U.S. Mint.

Uncirculated Version

In 2006, the U.S. Mint added another member to the American Silver Eagle family, the uncirculated version. The term “uncirculated” refers to the process by which the coin is made. Although it looks similar to Silver Eagle bullion coin, the uncirculated coin is distinguished by a mint mark, which indicates its production facility, and the use of burnished coin blanks, which are hand-fed into specially adapted coining presses one at a time.

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