Ten of the most expensive coins
Numismatics today is one of the most interesting hobbies in the world. Collecting seems to be the most simple things, such as coins, gained wide popularity. And all because there are so few instances of "kruglyashey", whose value today is indicated by the sum of the attractive with a lot of zeros, which is much higher than their face value. Today we will talk about the top ten most expensive and rare coins that have become popular and in demand because of its historical importance, errors during stamping and other tricks.
1. $ 20 double eagle, 1850
Perhaps, this coin can be considered the most rare and expensive in the history of not only the US but also the rest of the world. This coin was issued only a single copy, and marked a probe of the future, the more popular running of coins in denominations of $ 20 and a double eagle on the reverse. Minted this coin in 1850, which is extremely well coincided with the period of the gold rush, which then swept America, and in particular - California. This is the only example of today is stored in the Smithsonian Museum, the National Numismatic Collection. It should be noted that it is estimated at a record sum - namely, $ 20 million.
2 Dollar "Flowing hair", 1794
One of the first stories in dollars was released in 1794 in the United States, and to this day has a bright entitled "Flowing hair". The design of the coin designed by Robert Scott, and the appearance, shape and even weight resembled extremely popular at the time of the Spanish dollar. Established from silver-copper alloy, it has Liberty image on the obverse and on the reverse eagle. Just a year later it was replaced by another, and withdrawn from circulation, and because of its importance and rarity influenced the price bar. In 2013, one of the copies sold for about $ 10 million.
3. $ 20 double eagle, 1933
In 1933 the United States minted a new coin of real gold, the nominal value of which was $ 20. But she had no time to enter into the general usage, and was withdrawn from circulation in just one year. coin design was drawn already known by Augustus Saint-Gaudin, who depicted on the obverse of freedom with classic torch and olive branch - a symbol of peace. Numismatists and historians believe that these coins properly and have not been used literally for the first year of its existence were looted, melted and went into someone's anonymous hands. Today we know all about fifteen copies. One coin about seventeen years ago, appreciated and sold for 7, 5 million. $. Two coins are exhibited in the National Collection of US coins, and the rest - at Fort Knox.
4. Gold doubloon Brashera, 1787
This coin was made famous by New York jeweler Ephraim Brasherom. It is known that he made the coins yourself, minting their copper, but in the end the government of New York prohibited him from issuance of new copper coins. To date, this coin is available in several varieties that are evaluated very differently. So, in 2011 there was a coin in the auction, which was the obverse with an eagle on his chest were the initials of the Brashera, and she went under the hammer for 7, 4 million dollars. A little later, in 2014, there was one more coin Brashera, who had his own signature on the wings of an eagle, and sold it for 4, 5 million dollars.
5 million deal with Elizabeth II, the 2007 year image
In 2007, Canadians released a coin whose denomination is striking: a million dollars, a prisoner in one kruglyasha! Becoming a record expensive in terms of nominal value, it struck more and its manufacturing material which, on assurances of the manufacturers themselves, consists of one hundred grams of gold, whose purity - 99, 99%. On the obverse British Queen Elizabeth II, and the reverse - maple leaves. I served this coin, oddly enough, the way to promote other coins issued in Canada and having the display sheet. And not so long ago was bought by five coins. One of them was sold at auction ten years ago for 4, 02 million dollars.
6. Silver Dollar, 1830
This coin, contrary to what is written on it, was not released in 1804, and in 1830 and was created out of real silver. It is known that these coins were not made for general circulation, as well as an offering of Edmund Roberts for other diplomats native of Siam, and Muscat. Scientists believe that the silver dollar has several classes, including Class I coin the most valuable and rare. One such sample in 1999 has been estimated and sold for 4, 1 million dollars, and the lot put up for sale by none other than the Sultan of Muscat.
7. 5 cents with the image of Liberty, 1913
This coin is one of the few in the history of the USA, which was issued without the required authorization from the Mint. In 1913 he was made to light the whole lot of coins in denominations of five cents, but learned about it only after seven long years, when they were found in Samuel Brown, a former government employees. This coin is considered to be the first that was estimated at one hundred thousand dollars in 1972. In 1996, she has overcome the barrier of the estimated one million. To date, it has been found only five coins from all parties, one of which in 2010 went under the hammer for 3, 7 million dollars.
8. $ 5 with a half eagle, 1822
Numismatists with experience know that the so-called "Half Eagle" is the rarest coin in history. US Mint released it in 1822 with a face value of $ 5. The design of the world-famous a half eagle was designed by John Reich. It is known that it was coined about 18 thousand coins, but no matter how sad it may sound, today found in all three of the total. One was sold at auction in 1982 for 700 thousand dollars, while the other two, and to this day are stored in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institute.
9. Double Eagle Saint-Gaudens, 1907
Nominal value of this coin - $ 20 for the first time she appeared in the distant 1907. The author of its design began in August Saint-Gaudin - popular at the time sculptor. High relief coin made its impact-resistant, capable of withstanding the highest loads. It is known that was released about twenty coins with ultra-high relief. The classic design has changed several times, and she coin was minted and produced until 1933, inclusive. Today, the two coins are in the Smithsonian museum, and another was sold in 2005 to 3 million. $.
10. Florin Edward III, 1344
This coin was produced in 1344 by the British King Edward III. This florin still known as the "Double Leopard", which appeared due to the fact that on its obverse and reverse can find pictures of these animals. Initially, the coin must be rated at six shillings and was used in commercial transactions throughout Europe. On the obverse is possible to see the king who sits on the throne is important, and on each side of it are two leopard heads. On the reverse side is the royal cross, wreathed chetyrohlistnikom, as well as a few more pictures of leopards. Soon after its release the coin was withdrawn from the common household. It should be noted that today it is one of the most popular and coveted British coins that have ever existed. It is known all about the three coins. One of them was sold almost seven million dollars in 2006, becoming the most expensive British coin in numismatics. The remaining two are in the British Museum.