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Walton Specimen 1913 Liberty Head Nickel Realizes $3.17 Million

April 26, 2013 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Coins, Collecting, News, Nickel Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins

April 26, 2013 By Dennis Hengeveld (news.coinupdate.com)

One of the highlights in American numismatics was auctioned at the spring 2013 Central States Numismatic Society convention held in Chicago, IL. An example of the famed 1913 Liberty Head Nickel was sold by Heritage Auctions from Dallas, TX. The storied Walton Specimen, deemed to be the third finest of the five coins known to exist, realized $3,172,500 including the buyer’s premium.

There is a reason that the write-up in the auction catalog is one of the longest ever seen in any numismatic catalog,. First of all, it is not very often that a 100 year old coin that is so famed that even most casual collectors will be familiar with its rarity and back story. It also does not happen often (or at all) that the particular coin in question was deemed lost for over 40 years following an automobile accident in which the coin’s owner was tragically killed. And it almost never happens that one of the factors that brought the coin back into the numismatic theater was a substantial reward offered by Bowers and Merena.

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