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Profiles of Famous & Rare Coins of the Ancient & Modern World

Famous and rare coins fascinate all of us. Sometimes a coin is noteworthy because it sold for millions of dollars at auction. Other coins have historical importance because they were designed by, portray, or commemorate an important person or event. If you would like to see a certain coin profiled, please email me at coins@aboutguide.com or post your request in the coins discussion forum.

1787 New York Brasher Doubloon
Rare coins are traded and sold everyday. So the list of the world's most valuable coins is constantly changing. But one of the greatest numismatic rarities is the 1787 New York Brasher Doubloon which is always sure to set a world record when ever crosses the auction block.

Top 5 Famous Coin Collections of All Time
Famous coin collections are assembled by all types of people. Some well-known specimens are housed in museums for everyone to enjoy, while others are sold from one private collection to another. Regardless of where they are now, here are the top five coin collections ever assembled.

Colonial Williamsburg's Collection Of Coins, Medals, and Currency
Housed in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum at Colonial Williamsburg is a collection of colonial coinage metals and currency. This impressive collection can be enjoyed by both the non-coin collector and serious numismatist. Find out here what treasures are waiting to be discovered.

The Braille Commemorative Dollar
The first-ever readable Braille coin was issued by the U.S. in 2009 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille, the inventor of the reading system for the blind. Learn about this important coin and why it was issued in the profile of the Braille Dollar.

The 1943-S Copper Penny Found by Kenneth Wing
In 1944, 14-year old Kenny Wing found a copper (rather than steel) 1943-S penny in circulation. The coin remained hidden for more than 50 years, until Wing's heirs took it to Rare Coin Wholesalers for an appraisal. This is the story of an amazing coin, unknown to the collecting community until 2008.

Did Annie Oakley Really Shoot This Coin?
Annie Oakley was a famous sharpshooter who traveled with Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show. She was able to shoot a hole through coins thrown into the air, as well as perform numerous other sharpshooting stunts. But did Annie Oakley really shoot the coin this article is about? Follow along in this lesson in numismatic forensics.

The History of the Lincoln Cent
The Lincoln Cent series is by far the longest running coin series in U.S. history, and one of the longest running coin series in the world, nearing its 100th year anniversary in 2009. Learn all about the Lincoln Penny's history and how this beloved coin type endures to this day.

The 1916-1917 Standing Liberty Quarters - Lady Liberty Exposed - The ...
The 1916 and early 1917 Standing Liberty Quarters feature a beautiful image of Lady Liberty standing, shield in hand, ready to defend America against all foes, should the enemy fail to take the olive branch she proffers in her other hand. Unfortunately, some folks were too caught up in the sight of her bare breast to notice much else. Learn the story of this interesting type.

The 1913 Liberty Nickel - The World's Most Hyped Coin
The 1913 Liberty Head Nickel is one of the most valuable coins in the world, selling for $3 million at its last appearance in 2001. There are 5 specimens known to exist of the 1913 Liberty Nickel. Learn why they are worth so much money, and discover the fascinating story behind this humble 5-cent piece of cupro-nickel.

The 1933 Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle
The 1933 Gold Double Eagle coin, designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, sold for $7.5 million in 2002, the highest price in the world ever paid for a coin. Find out why the 1933 double eagle is worth so much, and learn the bizarre story of how a lady who found 10 of these coins in her deceased father's belongings ended up having them all seized by the U.S. Mint!

The Bare-Breasted Liberty Quarter - 1916 & 1917 Standing Liberty Type
The 1916-1917 Standing Liberty Quarter features a depiction of Miss Liberty with her right breast exposed. The story of how this bare-breasted Liberty coin was made, and the fallout after its release, make an itneresting story. Learn all about the topless, or naked Liberty Quarter in this Famous Coin Profile.

The 1895 Morgan Dollar - The King of Morgans - The Most Valuable Morgan Dollar
The 1895 Proof Morgan Silver Dollar is nicknamed the "King of Morgan Dollars." Although the 1895 Morgan Dollar had a mintage of 12,000 regular specimens according to Mint records, they seem to have mysteriously vanished! Learn the story behind the King of Morgans: the remarkable 1895 Morgan Dollar.

Sacagawea - The Sacagawea Golden Dollar and the Woman it Honors
The Sacagawea Golden Dollar is unique among U.S. coins. Learn the story behind this famous coin. Sacagawea was just 10 years old when she was kidnapped from her native Shoshone tribe. Sold into slavery by her early teens, she was purchased by a French fur trader to become his "wife." Sacagawea is best known for her role in the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Learn all about Sacagawea and the coin that honors her.

The EID MAR Denarius Coin - Beware the Ides of March - Brutus Murders Caesar
EID MAR is the inscription on the coin issued by Brutus, who assassinated Julius Caesar on the Ides of March in ancient Rome. This ancient coin features two daggers and a liberty cap on the reverse, and a portrait of Brutus on the obverse. This article profiles the EID MAR commemorative coin and explains the events surrounding it.

1804 U.S. Draped Bust Dollar
The 1804 U.S. Draped Bust Dollar is noteworthy because it has been sold for more money than any other single U.S. coin at open auction. Learn more about this remarkable early U.S. silver dollar, known to some as the "King of Coins."

Coins of Cleopatra - Queen of Egypt
Cleopatra, known to scholars and ancient numismatists as Cleopatra VII, was supposed to have been renowned for her exquisite beauty. She seduced Julius Caesar in order to keep her throne and later married Marc Antony. Was she as beautiful as legend claims? Her coin portraits have the answer...

The Coinage of Queen Elizabeth I of England
Queen Elizabeth I of England is said to have died a virgin, but it wasn't for lack of suitors! This remarkable woman is one of the greatest queens in history. Learn more about her and her coins.

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