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Liberty head nickel, 1913Liberty head nickel, 1913

Officially, the U.S. Mint stopped making Liberty head nickels in 1912. But by accident or design someone at the Philadelphia mint struck at least five nickels dated 1913—and created an instant collector's item. The former owners of this particular 1913 Liberty head nickel, given to the Smithsonian in 1977, include King Farouk of Egypt, an avid coin collector. The coin's history, including the distinguished numismatists who owned it, add to its value.

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