Top 10 Rare U.S. Coins You May Find Anywhere

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Imagine the coins that used to buy your baguette or pay the parking metre, but which would now be quite expensive. Our societies have been using coins, both gold and silver, for a very long time. Some of them have even become very rare!

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Are you curious about how? In the United States, there are around 200 historical artefacts with values above one million dollars. 

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The 1849 Double Eagle had a $20 face value when it was produced. In a matter of years, the piece's estimated worth rose to fifteen million! Its worth has risen by a third in a year. 

$20 Double Eagle (1849) – $20M

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Two versions of this piece—one with the J-1546 model and the other with the J-1548 model—are kept at the Smithsonian. The $50 gold coin known as the 1877 Half Union. These gold coins were worth $10 million apiece in a few different years. They now have a 50% higher value.

$50 Half Union (1877) – $15M

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This $20 gold coin from 1907 features a double-thickness design with a highly relief image of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This rare piece is held in two copies by the Smithsonian.

$20 Saint Gaudens (1907) – $8.5M

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The United States Mint is credited with creating the first silver dollar in 1794 with this piece. It goes by the name of the Flowing Hating Dollar as well. It's the priciest item a private collector has ever owned. It is regarded as a genuine national treasure and incredibly rare.

Silver Dollar (1794) – $7.850.000 

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A gold coin worth $20, known as the 1933 double eagle or Saint Gaudens, was produced in 445,500 pieces. Additionally, this work was produced till 1933. The government decided to melt almost all of them, and none of them were ever put into circulation. A few copies were saved, one of which went to auction and brought in $7.59 million.

$20 Double Eagle (1933) – $7.59M

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In 1834, only fifteen of these silver dollars were produced. On behalf of US President Andrew Jackson, one of them was presented to the Sultan of Muscat in 1836 as a diplomatic gift for the American ambassador. With PROOF 68, the current estimate for this artwork is $7.5 million.

Silver Dollar (1804) – $7.5M

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The face value of the 1822 Half Eagle is $5. Just three examples of the about 17,796 gold pieces that were minted are recognised in the numismatic community. The Smithsonian collection has two of the three on display.

$5 Half Eagle (1822) – $6M

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In 1913, the Liberty Head 5-cent coin was introduced. She cracked the $100,000 threshold with a limited-edition product that was made without the US Mint's consent or approval. A collector paid $3.7m to purchase five coins at an auction in 2010. The projected cost of the sculpture is $4.5m.

5 cents Liberty Head (1913) – $4.5M

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This $1m piece of gold was produced in 2007 by the Royal Canadian Mint. This is so because only extremely refined pure gold (999.99 ‰) was used to make this gold coin. This remarkable gold coin has a diameter of 53cm and weighs an astounding 100 kg. The profile of Queen Elizabeth II is displayed. 

Queen Elizabeth II Million Dollar Coin (2007) – $4M 

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The initials of the silversmith are inscribed on the wings of an eagle on this gold coin created by goldsmith Ephraim Brasher.

Brasher Doubloon EB on Wing (1787) – $2.415.000

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