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The 20 Most Valuable United States Coins of All Time in PCGS Holders

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As the company marks its 35th anniversary, PCGS looks back on the most valuable coins it has ever graded since its founding in 1986. Over the years, a resplendent array of prestigious coins has crossed the auction block, including the first coins to surpass the $1 million and $10 million thresholds; both of these coins, which are top-pop specimens of the 1913 Liberty Nickel and 1794 Flowing Hair Dollar, respectively, were authenticated and graded by PCGS. Indeed, the best coins are found in PCGS holders.

Flowing Hair Dollar, 1794 $1, PCGS SP66. Click image to enlarge.

Liberty Nickel, 1913 5C Liberty, PCGS PR66. Click image to enlarge.

So, what are the most valuable United States coins ever graded by PCGS? The list includes the finest numismatic treasures ever catalogued, and among these coins are three that exchanged hands in 2020. This demonstrates the continued role PCGS has in authenticating and grading the most valuable numismatic rarities, not to mention the strength of the coin market even during what was a uniquely challenging year for so many.

  1. 1794 Flowing Hair Dollar, PCGS SP66Realized $10,016,875 at Stack’s Bowers Galleries sale, January 2013
  2. 1804 Plain 4 Draped Bust Eagle, PCGS PR65+DCAMRealized $5,280,000 at Heritage Auctions sale, January 2021
  3. 1794 Flowing Hair Dollar, PCGS MS66+Realized $4,993,750 at Sotheby’s/Stack’s Bowers Galleries sale, September 2015
  4. 1913 Liberty Nickel, PCGS PR66Realized $4,560,000 at Stack’s Bowers Galleries sale, August 2018
  5. 1804 Draped Bust Dollar, Class I, PCGS PR68Realized $4,140,000 at Bowers & Merena sale, August 1999
  6. 1885 Trade Dollar, sold as NGC PR66 and currently PCGS PR65+Realized $3,960,000 at Heritage Auctions sale, January 2019
  7. 1804 Draped Bust Dollar, Class I, PCGS PR62Realized $3,877,500 at Heritage Auctions sale, August 2013
  8. 1804 Draped Bust Dollar, Class I, PCGS PR65Realized $3,360,000 at Stack’s Bowers Galleries sale, December 2020
  9. 1804 Draped Bust Dollar, Class I, PCGS PR65Realized $3,290,000 at Sotheby’s/Stack’s Bowers Galleries sale, March 2017
  10. 1913 Liberty Nickel, PCGS PR63Realized $3,172,500 at Heritage Auctions sale, April 2013
  11. 1907 Ultra High Relief, Lettered Edge Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, PCGS PR69Realized $2,990,000 at Heritage Auctions sale, November 2005
  12. 1794 Flowing Hair Dollar, PCGS MS64Realized $2,820,000 at Stack’s Bowers Galleries sale, August 2017
  13. 1795 Draped Bust Eagle, 13 Leaves, PCGS MS66+Realized $2,585,000 at Sotheby’s/Stack’s Bowers Galleries sale, September 2015
  14. 1792 Judd-1 Silver Center Cent, PCGS SP67BNRealized $2,520,000 at Heritage Auctions sale, January 2021
  15. 1808 Capped Bust Quarter Eagle, PCGS MS65Realized $2,350,000 at Sotheby’s/Stack’s Bowers Galleries, May 2015
  16. 1793 Chain AMERICA Cent, PCGS MS66BNRealized $2,350,000 at Heritage Auctions sale, January 2015
  17. 1804 Draped Bust Dollar, Class III, PCGS PR58Realized $2,300,000 at Heritage Auctions sale, April 2009
  18. 1927-D Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, PCGS MS65+Realized $2,160,000 at Heritage Auctions sale, January 2020
  19. 1885 Trade Dollar, PCGS PR63+CAMRealized $2,100,000 at Heritage Auctions sale, January 2021
  20. 1907 Ultra High Relief, Lettered Edge Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, PCGS PR68Realized $2,115,000 at Heritage Auctions sale, January 2015

The incredible performance of coins graded by PCGS over the last 35 years is underscored by the 45 million coins, banknotes, tokens, and medals the company has graded since 1986 – now worth more than a cumulative $41.5 billion. Ultimately, has been proven since its founding all those years ago, PCGS offers the maximum in value, security, and liquidity for collectible coins.

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