Rare Nickel: $3.1M auction price for century-old nickel
The 1913 Liberty Head nickel is one of only five known to exist. But it's the coin's back story that adds to its cachet.
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A rare century-old U.S.Â nickelÂ that was once mistakenly declared a fake has sold at auction for more than $3.1 million.
The 1913 Liberty HeadÂ nickelÂ is one of only five known to exist. But it's the coin's back story that adds to its cachet: It was surreptitiously and illegally cast, discovered in a car wreck that killed its owner, declared a fake, forgotten in a closet for decades then declared the real deal.