On May 21, 1996, the Eliasberg specimen of the 1913 Liberty nickel sold at auction
for $1,485,000, becoming the first United States coin to sell for more than a million
dollars. Interestingly, a 1913 Liberty nickel was also the first United States coin
to sell for $100,000 when Abe Kosoff sold the Olsen-Farouk-Hydeman specimen to John
Hamrick of World-Wide Coin Investments for $100,000 in 1972.
Today, we estimate that there are 235 United States coins that have sold or would
sell for $1,000,000 or more at auction. There are 101 individual coin issues and
235 individual coins that now make up the Million Dollar Coin Club. Our estimate
for the total current value of these 235 United States coin rarities is $528,600,000!
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