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!