PCGS grade. Purchased by Louis Eliasberg from Eric Newman, through dealer, Abe Kosoff, in 1948. Sold to Jay Parino at the Bowers & Merena May '96 Eliasberg auction for $1,485,000. Lot #807.
David Hall: Condition Census and Pedigrees:
1. Eliasberg specimen, PR66 PCGS grade
2. Olsen-Hydeman specimen, PR64 PCGS grade
3. Reynolds-Bolt specimen, PR63 PCGS estimated grade
4. Farouk-Norweb specimen, PR62 PCGS estimated grade
5. McDermott-Bebee specimen, PR55 PCGS estimated grade
Ron Guth: On April 25, 2013, the long-lost, then rediscovered, 1913 Liberty Nickel once owned by George Walton sold at auction for $3,172,500 to Jeff Garrett of Lexington, KY and Larry Lee of Panama City, FL. The complete provenance for this PCGS PR63 example is listed in the PCGS Condition Census. In 2003, Bowers & Merena (a division of Collectors Universe at the time) offered a $10,000 reward for the opportunity to view the fifth specimen, which until then had been considered lost. This coin was the result. The Walton family and heirs had owned the coin the entire time, but had been led to believe that it was counterfeit. A team of experts authenticated the coin in 2003 and the $10,000 reward was paid out. Subsequently, the Walton 1913 Liberty Head Nickel was loaned to the American Numismatic Association where it was displayed for many years. In terms of condition, the Walton Nickel is considered the third finest of the five known examples.
Samuel W. Brown - August Wagner - Stephen K. Nagy - Wayte Raymond - Col. E.H.R. Green - Burdette G. Johnson & Eric P. Newman - James Kelly - Dr. Conway A. Bolt - possibly R.J. Reynolds and family (North Carolina) - George O. Walton (1962) - Melba Givens (1992) - Givens heirs (2003) - Heritage 4/25/2013:4153, $3,172,500 - Jeff Garrett and Larry Lee.
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