5 Forbidden Coins Collectors Dream of Owning: The Untold Stories

The 1933 Double Eagle

One of the most notorious U.S. coins is the 1933 Double Eagle, a $20 gold coin. Due to the country's gold standard departure, 445,500 pieces were produced but never distributed.

Few survived the meltdown, sparking decades of legal fights and intrigue. Having a 1933 Double Eagle was prohibited for years, and the Secret Service hunted them.

The 1913 Liberty Head Nickel

Mystery surrounds the 1913 Liberty Head Nickel. U.S. Mint stopped making this design in 1912, moving to Buffalo Nickel. Five Liberty Head Nickels from 1913 inexplicably appeared.

The 1974 Aluminum Penny

The U.S. Mint tried aluminum pennies in 1973 to make them lighter and cheaper. Due to vending machine and copper mining company concerns, 1.5 million of these coins were produced in 1974 but never released.

The Ancient Athenian Decadrachm

Large silver Athenian Decadrachms from Ancient Greece are among the rarest and most beautiful ancient coins. These intricate coins from the 5th century BC show ancient minters' skill.

The Canadian 1911 Silver Dollar

One of the rarest Canadian coins is the 1911 Silver Dollar, regarded as the “King of Canadian Coins”. Only two specimens exist, making it highly desirable to collectors. 

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