An unnamed California-based collector purchased the Eliasberg 1913 Liberty Head Nickel for $5 million. The finest known of the existing 1913 Liberty Head Nickel was graded PR66 by the Professional Coin Grading Service was owned by Legend Numismatics of Lincroft, New Jersey and Bruce Moreland, a Washington state business executive. They paid $4.15 million in May 2005 for this coin.

The pedigree of this coin is attributed to Louis E. Eliasberg Sr., a Baltimore banker whose renowned collection included “one of everything.” His collection was sold following his death in 1976.

Of the five examples known to exist, one is owned by the Smithsonian Institute and the other by the American Numismatic Association.

Slab image from Legend Numismatics.

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