Most Valuable U.S. Coins

1869 $20 Gold Double Eagle

Top Ten U.S. Coins

Listed below are the top 10 most valuable U.S. coins. The prices are based on actual auction results, private offers for these prohibitively rare coins and prices estimated for the coins not for sale, such as those in public hands like the National Collection at the Smithsonian Museum. The coins listed here are from the 18th to 20th century.

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What Coins are the Most Valuable?

These may not be the top 10 rarest coins, but they are unquestionably the most valuable. The list of the top 10 rarest coins would include some of these coins, but rarity is not the sole or final arbiter of value. Supply and demand have a significant impact as well. The coins on this list are historic in their own right.    

Rank Product Auction Price
1 1849 $20 Gold Double Eagle - Unique Smithsonian Collection $16,607,181
2 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar, Silver Plug, Rare $10,915,030
3 1933 $20 Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle          $8,216,057
4 1822 $5 Gold Capped Bust Half Eagle $7,753,650
5 1870-S $3 Gold Princess – Unique $6,310,419
6 1804 Draped Bust Silver Dollar – First Reverse – Class I $5,287,452
7 1913 Liberty Nickel $4,234,789
8 1854-S $5 Gold Liberty Half Eagle $4,233,494
9 1804 $10 Turban Head Gold Eagle, Plain 4, Proof $4,232,389
10 1907 $20 Gold Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle – Ultra High Relief $3,376,344

Valuable Contemporary Coins

Difficult as it may be to believe but there are coins in circulation today that, while not quite as valuable as those listed above, are still worth many thousands of dollars.

No one knows how many Pre-33 U.S. Gold coins were melted during 1979-1980 and 2008-2012 as the spot price of Gold and Silver reached historic new highs during those periods.

Some of those coins are as follows:

1955 Lincoln Cent Double Die Error

This is not a complete list of circulating coins with value that far exceeds the coin's face value. There was a time when the coins on the Top Ten Most Valuable U.S. Coins list was simply circulating coinage. As world mints continue to produce circulating coinage, additional errors or rarities will continue to be found. The “thrill of the hunt” is part of the excitement, challenge and allure that is coin collecting.

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