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1913 "V" Nickel
1913

The world's most expensive five-cent coin
This famous coin is one of just five produced "after hours" by an employee of the United States Mint using the old Liberty head--or "V" nickel--dies. It was made in 1913, the year in which the Buffalo, or Indian-head, nickel was first introduced and the old "V" nickel officially retired. The five "V" nickels of 1913 have become much-sought-after collectors' items and are considered to be in the top 10 of famous U.S. coins. In 1999, one of them sold for $1,485,000.

Notes
"V" nickels were produced from1883 to 1912
Buffalo nickels were produced from 1913 to 1938
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Learn more!
· "Smithsonian Perspectives: Coins from James Smithson's bequest" by I. Michael Heyman, "Smithsonian" magazine, September 1996--
· "The Object at Hand" by Edwards Parks, "Smithsonian" magazine, May 1996--
· National Numismatic Collection, Smithsonian Institution

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