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Colorado Springs has a rare nickel worth millions

Colorado Jill

(Colorado Springs, CO) The 1913 Liberty Head nickel is one of the most valuable coins in the world, and only five are known to exist. One of them is in Colorado Springs.

From 1883 to 1912, the U.S. five-cent piece was a Liberty Head design. In 1913, the U.S. Mint began producing nickels with a buffalo head design (the Buffalo nickel), but a few Liberty head coins were mysteriously made that year.

The five unauthorized 1913 Liberty Head nickels first appeared at the 1920 American Numismatic Association (ANA) Convention in Chicago. The five coins were bought and sold as a set for several years until the 1940s when the coins were sold individually.
Rare 1913 Liberty Head nickel at the Money Museum in Colorado SpringsPhoto byAuthor

Audrey E. Bebee purchased one of the legendary 1913 Liberty Head nickels for $46,000 in 1967. He and his wife later donated the nickel to the Money Museum, and this rare, exceedingly valuable coin now resides in Colorado Springs.

The nickel increases in value every year, and in 2022, one of the three privately-owned 1913 Liberty Head nickels was sold for 4.2 million dollars.

The Money Museum is one of two museums with this rare nickel. The other is at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.
The Money Museum in Colorado SpringsPhoto byAuthor

The 1913 Liberty Head nickel is one of many gems at the Money Museum, located just north of downtown Colorado Springs on the Colorado College campus. The museum is the headquarters of the ANA, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating people about coins.

The Money Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. General admission is $8. Senior, military, and student admission is $6, and 12 and under are free. There is free admission for all on the third Saturday of each month.

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Jill is based in Colorado and writes about hidden gems, history, the great outdoors, and local events.

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