Monday, June 11, 2012

Most valuable coins in the world

What are the most valuable coins in the world today? This are some collection that most of us will probably don't afford to buy. Don't waste your time asking around where to get this for your collection. The best thing you can get maybe a replica for this coins but don't get cheated by thinking that a seller has sold you a jackpot. For your information, most of the worlds valuable collection come from United States since they're lots of collectors over there. Here are my list of most valuable coins in the worlds:

1. World's most expensive coin: 1794 silver dollar

1794 silver dollarA 1794 silver dollar owned by Steven L. Contursi. He owned the mint-condition 1794 Liberty dollar for the past seven years. The Neil/Carter/Contrusi 1794 flowing hair dollar, sold for $7.85 million to the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation of Sunnyvale. The Name "Neil/Carter/Contrusi 1794 flowing hair dollar" came from the previous owner of the coin. The previous record price paid for a coin was $7.59 million for a U.S.-minted 1933 $20 double eagle gold piece, according to the American Numismatic Association.

1794 flowing hair dollar
On the reverse: The dollar coin shows a small eagle perched upon a rock with wings spread and surrounded by laurel branches. Along the border is the motto “United States of America.”
On the edge: Has the words “HUNDERED CENTS ONE DOLLAR OR UNIT” inscribed with decorations separating the words.

2. The King of Coins-King of Siam 1804 silver dollars minted in 1834

King of Coins

The first 1804 silver dollars minted in 1834 were presented as gifts to Rama III, King of Siam and Said bin Sultan, Sultan of Muscat and Oman. The other five were dispersed under unknown circumstances after Ambassador Edmund Roberts died en route during the voyage. One was retained in the US Mint Coin Collection. In 1842, numismatists first learned of the 1804 dollar through a book displaying an illustration of the 1804 dollar from the Mint Cabinet. These silver dollars are known among numismatists as “original” or Class I 1804 dollars. Eight of these coins are known to exist. One currently resides in the Smithsonian Institution, one is in the American Numismatic Association museum, and the other six are in private collections.

Popular legend states that the rare coin given by King Rama IV of Siam to Anna Leonowens, as seen in the story of “Anna and the King of Siam” and the movie The King and I, was indeed the same 1804 silver dollar produced in 1834 as a gift to Siam. This coin was kept in Anna’s family for several generations, until in the 1950s it was sold by a pair of British ladies claiming to be Anna’s descendants. This coin was displayed as part of the “King of Siam” collection at the Smithsonian Institution in 1983, where it was given the name “the King of Coins.” It was purchased by an anonymous collector in 2001, who purchased the entire set of coins from the King of Siam collection for over $4 million.

3. World's largest gold coin; Perth Mint 1 tonne gold Kangaroo coin.

world largest coin

World largest coin today goes to world 1st 1 tonne gold coin, Perth Mint 1 tonne Gold Kangaroo coin. The coin measures nearly 80cms wide and more than 12cms deep, weighing a massive 1000 kilograms of 99.99% pure gold, make it the new largest gold coin in the world. Previous holder of the largest gold coin released by Royal Canadian Mint in May 2007, 1 million dollar gold maple leaf coin, only weight at 100 kilos and measures 50 cm in diameter by 3 cm thick. The first 1 tonne gold coin by Perth Mint is certainly the  most valuable gold bullion coin in the world with a market price of gold right now, it has a USD$55 million price tag on it.

The coin reverse shows a bounding red kangaroo surrounded by stylised rays of sunlight and bordered by the inscription AUSTRALIAN KANGAROO 1 TONNE 9999 GOLD and the year-date 2012. The coin obverse of the coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by the inscriptions ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA and the monetary denomination of 1 MILLION DOLLARS.

4. Mona Lisa of Rare Coins: 1913 Liberty Head nickel

Mona Lisa of Rare coinPhoto by Heritage Auctions Gallery

A rare 1913 American nickel five-cent piece also known as The Liberty Head nickel, sometimes referred to as the V nickel due to its reverse design, Recently dubbed "The Mona Lisa of Rare Coins," was sold for more than $3.7 million (2.3 million pounds) in Heritage Auctions Platinum Night. The so-called Liberty Head nickel, one of only five known of that specific date and design, was sold "in spirited bidding" to a private East Coast coin collector in Orlando late on Thursday, said Greg Rohan, president of Dallas, Texas-based Heritage Auctions. The buyer wished to remain anonymous.

5. World's most expensive penny -1943D Lincoln cent

expensive penny
A Lincoln cent struck in the wrong metal at the Denver Mint in 1943, has been sold for a world's record price of $1,700,000 by Legend Numismatics of Lincroft, New Jersey. The buyer is a Southwestern business executive, who wants to remain anonymous. The historic World War II era coin's former owner arranged for the entire proceeds of the sale to be given to a charitable organization. This one of a kind Lincoln cent, mistakenly struck in 1943 at the Denver Mint in bronze rather than the zinc-coated steel used that year to conserve copper for World War II. Most 1943 pennies are steel-gray in color and not worth much more than face value.

6. Worlds most expensive gold dinar-The Umayyad dinar

most expensive dinar
A specialist auctioneers, Morton & Eden in London, make it in a record book for Worlds most expensive gold dinar and Dirham. The Umayyad dinar, one of the rarest and most highly-prized of all Islamic gold coins, struck possibly to coincide with an occasion when the Caliph himself led the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, sold for a record £3,720,000 in a sale at specialist auctioneers Morton & Eden in London. The Umayyad dinar, dated 105h (723AD) was struck from gold mined at a location owned by the Caliph himself; known on the coins as the “Mine of the Commander of the Faithful”. An additional legend which reads: “bi’l-Hijaz” (“in the Hejaz”), makes it the earliest Islamic coin to mention a location in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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