Over the history of America and the United States Mints
(Philadelphia, Charlotte, Dahlonega, New Orleans, San Francisco,
Carson City, Denver and West Point) many rare and low mintage coins
have been made. Some of these coins include the 1804 silver dollar,
the 1913 liberty nickel and the 1933 $20 gold double eagle. All of
these coins are very popular with all numismatists.
1804 Silver Dollar
The 1804 silver dollar is one of the most famous rare coins from
America. There are 16 known coins which are divided into three main
classes: the original First Reverse; Second Reverse, which is a
restrike; and the electrotype of an unique plain edge Second
Reverse, which resides in the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. These
coins have the Draped Bust design on the obverse with the date 1804
(thought to have been struck in the 1834 to 1836 period) struck
underneath and "Liberty" inscribed above with 13 stars, standing
for the original 13 colonies. On the reverse of the coin is the
Heraldic Eagle design and the words "United States of America"
inscribed around the eagle. The most expensive one was a Class 1 in
PF-68 and was auctioned at $4,140,000.
1913 Liberty Head Nickel
The 1913 Liberty Head Nickel is another of one of the most
popular American coins. Today, five of these coins are known. These
coins have Liberty Head design on the obverse with the date
underneath and 13 stars around Liberty's bust. On the reverse is a
wreath around the Roman numeral for five, "V." Also the inscription
"United States of America," "E Pluribus Unum," and "Cents." The
most expensive 1913 nickel was sold for $3,737,500 in PF-64.
1933 Double Eagle
The 1933 double eagle ($20 coin) originally had a mintage of
445,000; but in 1933 President Franklin Roosevelt declared that the
U.S. would go off the gold standard. When this happened, most 1933
double eagles were melted and it became illegal to own these coins.
The U.S. Government seized the few that survived. In 1952, King
Farouk of Egypt died and Egypt's later ruling junta sold off his
collection, which included one of these precious coins. Later in
2001, the King Farouk specimen was declared the only one legal to
own and sold for a whopping $7,590,020 in 2002 in Gem BU.
The 1794 silver dollar is the first dollar coins the U.S. made
with a mintage of only 1,758. There are two types of this coin the
regular silver dollar and one with a silver plug in the middle that
is unique. On the obverse is the wonderful Flowing Hair design with
the date "Liberty" and 13 stars in between. On the reverse is the
small eagle surrounded by a wreath, which has the words "United
States of America." The most expensive 1794 dollar was auctioned
for $1,207,500 in MS-64, and the unique one with the silver plug
was recently auctioned for $10,016,875! This broke the record for
most expensive coin in an auction.
These coins are some of the most popular coins in numismatics
and will probably still be in the future.