News-Antique.com - Jan 11,2012 - 10. Gold 5 Won 1909 - $460,000
The MS64 NGC-graded Korean gold coin made $460,000 at a September 2011 Heritage Auctions sale.
It is one of only two known examples of the coin, the other resting in a Japanese museum.
10. 1854-O Double Eagle, AU55 - $460,000
"Ownership of an 1854-O double eagle is considered a hallmark of a truly great collection of New Orleans coinage," says Winter in his 2006 publication: Gold Coins of the New Orleans Mint: 1830-1909.
This specimen, one of just 25 to 35 in existence, sold for $460,000 at a Heritage sale in January 2011.
9. 1893-S Morgan Silver Dollar, MS67 - $546,250
An 1893-S Morgan Silver Dollar, graded MS67 by NGC, made $546,250 at a Heritage sale in August 2011.
8. The Immortal Ides of March Denarius - $546,250
One of the finest examples of the Ides of March Denarius, struck to commemorate the assassination of Julius Caesar at the behest of his killer, Brutus, sold for $546,250 at a Heritage sale in September 2011.
It set a world auction record for a silver Roman coin.
7. 1910 Yunnan Spring Dollar - $546,250
In September 2011, the 1910 Yunnan Spring Dollar made $546,250 at a Heritage auction.
It is one of only two known examples of the Chinese coin in existence.
6. Massive 10kg Beijing Olympics gold 100000 Yuan - $575,000
The 22 pound coin, produced to mark the 2008 Games, achieved $575,000 at a Heritage auction in January 2011.
It was one of just 29 examples minted and the only one produced for the US market.
5. Legendary Gold 20 Won 1909 - $632,500
The MS64 NGC-graded Korean coin, one of just two examples known, made $632,500 at Heritage in September 2011.
4. 1909-O Indian Half Eagle, MS66, the Mitchelson-Clapp-Eliasberg-Price Coin - $690,000
A 1909-O Indian Half Eagle, graded MS66 by PCGS, and regarded as the finest example of the last gold coin produced at the New Orleans mint, went for $690,000 at a Heritage auction in January.
3. 1855-S Proof Three Dollar Gold Piece, PR64 Cameo - $1.32m
A unique cameo 1855-S Proof Three Dollar Gold Piece, graded PR64 by NGC and CAC, achieved $1.32m at Heritage in August 2011.
2. Frank A Leach Specimen of the 1907 Rolled Edge eagle, Satin PR 67 NGC, from The Colonel George M Monroe Collection - $2.18m
Just one of an original 50 minted, the Frank A Leach is widely regarded as the finest specimen in existence.
The satin finish proof sold for $2.18m at Heritage in January, 2011.
1. Brasher Doubloon - $7.39m
One of just seven known Brasher Doubloons - the first gold coin produced by the US mint - sold for $7.39m in a deal brokered by Blanchard & Company.
The specimen, the only one to bear the makerís initials on the eagleís chest as opposed to the wing, was produced in 1787.
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