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(Washington Post)   Rare liberty head nickel set to fetch $2.5 million at auction, which seems a bit overpriced seeing as how it doesn't have a Certificate of Authenticity or any sort of eagle or other bird that rises from its surface like a phoenix   ( washingtonpost.com) divider line
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2013-01-29 10:15:55 AM  
It doesn't have "in God we trust" on it so it must be fake.
 
2013-01-29 10:30:53 AM  
This is why the Mint gets so weird about "unauthorized" coins being made/distributed. If they didn't, people would just coin "rarities" on the night shift, like these coins were (most likely) made.
 
2013-01-29 10:34:22 AM  
If I had a nickel for every time........
 
2013-01-29 10:37:11 AM  
"A lot of this is ego," he said of collectors who could bid for it. "I have one of these and nobody else does."

I'd rather have the 2.5mil. That's unique enough for me.
 
2013-01-29 10:39:09 AM  

offacue: If I had a nickel for every time........


If I had a dime for every nickle that I have....
 
2013-01-29 10:40:03 AM  
I don't see any bees.
 
2013-01-29 10:42:58 AM  
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2013-01-29 10:43:35 AM  

marcpen: It doesn't have "in God we trust" on it so it must be fake.


Oh Noes!
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Barack Obama has struck again!
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2013-01-29 10:49:02 AM  
"struck" again! nice!
BIG UP 2 THA FARK NUMISMATICS!!1
 
2013-01-29 10:49:48 AM  
The Liberty nickel is rare.
Just like actual Liberty in the USA is rare.

Yay for King Obummer.
 
2013-01-29 10:51:23 AM  

marcpen: It doesn't have "in God we trust" on it so it must be fake.


I know you're kidding but it's worth mentioning that that motto only started cropping up in the Civil War and wasn't on all coins until well into the 20th Century. (Teddy Roosevelt objected to its inclusion, basically because he thought it wasn't appropriate to have God's name all over like that.)
 
2013-01-29 10:53:45 AM  

computerguyUT: The Liberty nickel is rare.
Just like actual Liberty in the USA is rare.

Yay for King Obummer.


did he take your gun and force you to get gay married after you were cleared by the death pannel and charge you the marriage tax?
 
2013-01-29 11:16:48 AM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: computerguyUT: The Liberty nickel is rare.
Just like actual Liberty in the USA is rare.

Yay for King Obummer.

did he take your gun and force you to get gay married after you were cleared by the death pannel and charge you the marriage tax?


Don't forget he converted him into a Muslim
 
2013-01-29 11:34:04 AM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: computerguyUT: The Liberty nickel is rare.
Just like actual Liberty in the USA is rare.

Yay for King Obummer.

did he take your gun and force you to get gay married after you were cleared by the death pannel and charge you the marriage tax?


I heard a funny joke the other day:

A communist, an illegal alien and a Muslim walked into a bar; the bar tender said: "what can I get you to drink, mr. President?"

/ not intended to be a factual statement; just a horrible joke I laughed at
 
2013-01-29 11:41:54 AM  

JohnAnnArbor: marcpen: It doesn't have "in God we trust" on it so it must be fake.

I know you're kidding but it's worth mentioning that that motto only started cropping up in the Civil War and wasn't on all coins until well into the 20th Century. (Teddy Roosevelt objected to its inclusion, basically because he thought it wasn't appropriate to have God's name all over like that.)


If I recall correctly, the motto changed to "In God We Trust" during the anti-communism times, because godless commies.
 
2013-01-29 11:43:25 AM  
Give me five bees for a quarter, we'd say.
 
2013-01-29 11:44:25 AM  
cue nitwits with worn out, beat up, common as dirt Liberty head nickels lining up demanding a million bucks for their coins too.
 
2013-01-29 12:05:00 PM  
$2.5 million? That thing must weigh a ton!
 
2013-01-29 12:18:05 PM  

dickfreckle: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 381x323]


Came for the 9-11 coin. Isn't there a .gif of someone knocking it down over and over?
 
2013-01-29 12:22:57 PM  
JohnAnnArbor
marcpen: It doesn't have "in God we trust" on it so it must be fake.
I know you're kidding but it's worth mentioning that that motto only started cropping up in the Civil War and wasn't on all coins until well into the 20th Century. (Teddy Roosevelt objected to its inclusion, basically because he thought it wasn't appropriate to have God's name all over like that.)


The original continental dollar coin said "mind your (own) business."
 
2013-01-29 01:12:04 PM  
Nice headline, subby, and neat story.


Does anyone else think the family lawyer who "had heard of the famous 1913 Liberty nickels and ... looked at it and he told me he'd give me $5,000 for it right there"  should be disbarred? Talk about a lack of ethics
 
2013-01-29 01:29:01 PM  

Dear Jerk: JohnAnnArbor
marcpen: It doesn't have "in God we trust" on it so it must be fake.
I know you're kidding but it's worth mentioning that that motto only started cropping up in the Civil War and wasn't on all coins until well into the 20th Century. (Teddy Roosevelt objected to its inclusion, basically because he thought it wasn't appropriate to have God's name all over like that.)

The original continental dollar coin said "mind your (own) business."


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-01-29 01:40:03 PM  
is there a strict limit of five rare Liberty head nickels per caller?
 
2013-01-29 02:12:15 PM  

Dear Jerk: JohnAnnArbor
marcpen: It doesn't have "in God we trust" on it so it must be fake.
I know you're kidding but it's worth mentioning that that motto only started cropping up in the Civil War and wasn't on all coins until well into the 20th Century. (Teddy Roosevelt objected to its inclusion, basically because he thought it wasn't appropriate to have God's name all over like that.)

The original continental dollar coin said "mind your (own) business."


Personally, I like this old proposal. The motto makes a good point:

www.coinfacts.com
 
2013-01-29 02:20:22 PM  
I don't know....the demand for these is WAY down. Plus, it's a really limited target market. There aren't a lot of rare nickel collectors out there, so it's gonna sit on the shelf a LONG time. And it's gonna cost me to get it framed...

I'll give you $1,500 for it.
 
2013-01-29 02:29:41 PM  
And if I order two I only have to pay extra shipping and handling.
 
2013-01-29 05:32:24 PM  

tarheel07: JohnAnnArbor: marcpen: It doesn't have "in God we trust" on it so it must be fake.

I know you're kidding but it's worth mentioning that that motto only started cropping up in the Civil War and wasn't on all coins until well into the 20th Century. (Teddy Roosevelt objected to its inclusion, basically because he thought it wasn't appropriate to have God's name all over like that.)

If I recall correctly, the motto changed to "In God We Trust" during the anti-communismconfederate times, because godless commies.


www.littletoncoin.com

/FTFY
 
2013-01-29 05:46:05 PM  
Love the Two Cent photo (I collect them by die variety), they are my favorite US coin by far, I own hundreds of them!

As a long time (25 years now) coin dealer, I think this 1913 Liberty Nickel will auction at $5 million or more. There are 5 known, one is worn, there are two that are in museums leaving the remaining 3 in private hands, I doubt any more will come up for sale in the next decade, so this is probably a collectors only chance to own one, bidding will go over the top IMO. I'll guess $5,250,00 at hammer drop.
 
2013-01-29 05:49:26 PM  
http://www.treasury.gov/about/education/Pages/in-god-we-trust.aspx

For those that are interested in learning more about the motto "In God We Trust" on our coinage. Rev. Watkinson of PA was the person that pushed for it back in the early 1860's. It was adopted in 1864 and appeared as WordsnCollision correctly showed on the US 1864 Two Cent piece.
 
2013-01-29 06:09:05 PM  

skyshooter: Love the Two Cent photo (I collect them by die variety), they are my favorite US coin by far, I own hundreds of them!

As a long time (25 years now) coin dealer, I think this 1913 Liberty Nickel will auction at $5 million or more. There are 5 known, one is worn, there are two that are in museums leaving the remaining 3 in private hands, I doubt any more will come up for sale in the next decade, so this is probably a collectors only chance to own one, bidding will go over the top IMO. I'll guess $5,250,00 at hammer drop.


Is it true that they've got lots of issues with rotated dies? I have one in medallic rotation (180 degrees to normal) and someone told me that was pretty common for two-centers.
 
2013-01-29 06:19:37 PM  

skyshooter: Love the Two Cent photo (I collect them by die variety), they are my favorite US coin by far, I own hundreds of them!

As a long time (25 years now) coin dealer, I think this 1913 Liberty Nickel will auction at $5 million or more. There are 5 known, one is worn, there are two that are in museums leaving the remaining 3 in private hands, I doubt any more will come up for sale in the next decade, so this is probably a collectors only chance to own one, bidding will go over the top IMO. I'll guess $5,250,00 at hammer drop.


Yeah but that's at auction, I'm running a store here, there's overhead you have to wait for the right auction. $350 and I don't even know why I'm going that high.
 
2013-01-29 08:24:04 PM  

JohnAnnArbor: basically because he thought it wasn't appropriate to have God's name all over like that.


Sounds Muslim.
 
2013-01-29 11:56:24 PM  
Not bad, Subby. Not bad.
 
2013-01-30 04:19:03 AM  

JohnAnnArbor: skyshooter: Love the Two Cent photo (I collect them by die variety), they are my favorite US coin by far, I own hundreds of them!

As a long time (25 years now) coin dealer, I think this 1913 Liberty Nickel will auction at $5 million or more. There are 5 known, one is worn, there are two that are in museums leaving the remaining 3 in private hands, I doubt any more will come up for sale in the next decade, so this is probably a collectors only chance to own one, bidding will go over the top IMO. I'll guess $5,250,00 at hammer drop.

Is it true that they've got lots of issues with rotated dies? I have one in medallic rotation (180 degrees to normal) and someone told me that was pretty common for two-centers.


Yep I've got a full clock posistion set of them, it does add value though, up to 50% on some recent eBay auctions I've tracked.
 
2013-01-30 02:45:19 PM  

skyshooter: JohnAnnArbor: skyshooter: Love the Two Cent photo (I collect them by die variety), they are my favorite US coin by far, I own hundreds of them!

As a long time (25 years now) coin dealer, I think this 1913 Liberty Nickel will auction at $5 million or more. There are 5 known, one is worn, there are two that are in museums leaving the remaining 3 in private hands, I doubt any more will come up for sale in the next decade, so this is probably a collectors only chance to own one, bidding will go over the top IMO. I'll guess $5,250,00 at hammer drop.

Is it true that they've got lots of issues with rotated dies? I have one in medallic rotation (180 degrees to normal) and someone told me that was pretty common for two-centers.

Yep I've got a full clock posistion set of them, it does add value though, up to 50% on some recent eBay auctions I've tracked.


OK, cool. Good to know. Thanks!
 
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