1913 Liberty Head nickel

The George O. Walton Specimen 1913 Liberty Head Nickel is offered for auction by Heritage Auctions on April 25, 2013 in Schaumburg, Illinois. Bidding for the nickel, one of only five 1913 Liberty nickels known to exist, has already exceeded the original auction estimate of $2.5 million. The nickel is being offered for sale by the heirs of George Walton who acquired the coin in the mid-1940s for a reported $3,750. Walton was killed in a 1962 car crash with the coin in his possession. Unaware of the coin's value, one of Walton's heirs kept the coin tucked away in her closet for the next 40 years. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

1913 Nickel Fetches More Than $3.1M At Auction

Four Virginia siblings who never let a rare 5-cent piece slip through their fingers, even when it was declared a fake, have been rewarded for their devotion to a humble family heirloom after the century-old coin sold for more than $3.1 million.

04/26/2013

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