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Top 10 Rare Coins at APMEX

APMEX’s team of savvy numismatists knows the rarest coins can boast values into the stratosphere. There is a very special 1849 $20.00 Liberty Gold Double Eagle at the Smithsonian Institution, for example, conservatively valued at more than  $20 million, but as it is unique and owned by the United States Government, no amount of money can ever purchase that coin.

In 2013, a 1794 U.S. Flowing Hair Dollar fetched more than $10 million at auction, making it the most expensive U.S. Silver coin ever sold on the open market. While the rarest coins in the collections of a few fortunate people with tremendous resources may rival those in the Smithsonian, our own  clients may be looking for incredibly rare US Coins. . We are thrilled to offer truly exceptional and exciting coins for the consideration of our most serious collectors and we encourage everybody to peruse our superior collection of the rarest and most valuable coins, available for both education and pleasure.

  1. 1804 $10 Gold Eagle Capped Bust MS-62 NGC

The Philadelphia Mint may have struck as many as 316,867 Heraldic Eagle $5 Gold pieces between 1798 and 1807, but early  it is estimated that only 3,757 1804-dated $10 Gold coins were ever struck. From that scant mintage only  five coins meet the MS-62 grade. The obverse features an allegorical representation of Liberty, facing right while the reverse is adorned by a majestic heraldic American eagle. This is a coin that  is exceptionally beautiful and  exceedingly rare at the same time.

  1. 1885 Morgan Silver Dollar – PATTERN PR-68 PCGS CAC

This is an amazing coin in that it is a Morgan Dollar, struck in Proof condition. It is grade as Proof-68 CAMEO which is a designation much more commonly seen on modern coins, not coins struck in the 19th Century! Based on George T. Morgan’s world-renowned design, this coin has grade, eye-appeal, strike, luster, originality and uniqueness all on its side. Struck in Aluminum, rather than 90% Silver and it bears an experimental edge design. For the connoiseur who appreciates the unique and remarkable.

  1. 1907 $10 Indian Gold Eagle MS-65 PCGS

This coin is a magnificent example of a historically important coin. This is a 1907  Indian Gold Eagle, designed by  Augustus Saint-Gaudens. He was ordered by Teddy Roosevelt to change America’s drab coinage into something of equal stature to classical Greek and Roman coins. Saint-Gaudens did not disappoint. The obverse features an allegorical representation of Liberty, wearing a Native American war bonnet. The reverse design is dominated by a majestic American eagle.  It is of the ultra-rare Wire Edge variety, boasting a mintage of just 500 ever minted. There is a total population of 62 at this specific grade.

  1. 1866-S $20 Liberty Gold Double Eagle AU-58 NGC

This no-motto Gold Double Eagle, bearing the iconic James B. Longacre  design, has a population of just eight coins. It is generally considered elusive to even accomplished collectors. During the early years of the San Francisco Mint, the California facility might not receive word regarding design or policy changes for a month or more. This led to the existence of the 1861-S $20 Liberty Gold Double Eagles, which San Francisco minted and successfully released before officials were informed that the Paquet dies, named after U.S. Mint Assistant Engraver Anthony Paquet, were unacceptable to the Philadelphia officials.

  1. 1921 $20 Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle AU-58 PCGS CAC 

No list of popular and beautiful American coins would be complete without at least one $20 Saint-Gaudens gold coin. This spectacular coin had a mintage of 528,500, though the majority of the coins were destroyed during the 1930s, contributing to its rarity today. It enjoys a population of only 28 coins at this level with 51 coins graded higher.

  1. 1884-S Morgan Dollar MS-63+ PCGS CAC

. Morgan Silver Dollars are the world’s most collected coins. They are popular the world over. The 1884-S is an amazingly scarce coin. Although over 3 million of this date and mintmark were struck it is exceedingly rare in Uncirculated condition. This coin’s population is a scant 4 coins at this grade with only 14 graded higher.

  1. 1793 Half Cent MS-61+ NGC

The Coinage Act, enacted April 2, 1792, authorized the establishment of the United States Mint, outlining the standards for the new federal coinage. The smallest denomination provided for was the copper half cent, first struck July 1793, just four months after the Chain Cent. The denomination was suggested by Benjamin Franklin in order to compete with the extraordinarily popular British half-pennies. Franklin dies in 1790, never having seen the American Half Cent struck. The 1793 Half Cent offered here has a brown patina and a population of one. Yes, ONE.

  1. 1913 $5 Indian Gold Half Eagle PR-66+ PCGS CAC

This $5 Indian Gold Half Eagle was one of only two coins ever produced by the U.S. Mint featuring incuse design and lettering. The other incuse coin was the $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle, which used the exact same design. . It remains one of the most unusual and fascinating coins struck for the United States. Proof struck early US Gold Coins are extremely desirable and elusive. The example here has a mintage of 99 and a population of only three.

  1. 1806 $5 Capped Bust Gold Half Eagle MS-64 PCGS

This wonderful coin was designed by Robert Scot. The obverse features Liberty in a Turban Cap and the reverse features a heraldic eagle. There were two main varieties of the 1806 $5 Gold Capped Bust Half Eagle. One is this Pointed 6 variety, when a pointed tip appears on top of the number "6" in the 1806 date inscription. This coin has a mintage of 9,676 and a population of just three coins at this grade.

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