2013 is well on the way to being declared a year of historic coin auctions, or rather a year of numismatic action so to say. After the recent listing of
According to recorded history of this Walton specimen 1913 Liberty nickel coin, George O.Walton was known to have carried this coin with him in 1962, when he was headed for a coin auction then, and due to a tragic car accident, lost his life before reaching the auction venue. From the wreckage at the sight, his 1913 Liberty Nickel was recovered, and returned to the members of his family who then sent it to an auction house for resale. But, luck wasn't on their side and it was returned to them as being a fake specimen. This let to a majority of collectors believing that one of the only 5 coins of it's kind, known to be existing is gone forever.
Later in 2003, with the aim of giving the issue greater publicity, an offer for sale of the Liberty Nickel was made. It was then that American Numismatic Association's World Fair for Money was being held, with the other 4 existing nickel coins. There was also a $10,000 award announced for a person just to be able to see the missing 5th nickel. Then 2 of George O.Walton's nephews turned up with the coin, and then undergoing a mid-night authentication by coin experts. Since then, the coin has been on display, and for the first time will be seen at a public auction. Perhaps, this will now end up being one of the most expensive coins to be sold at such a forum.
Via: Heritage Auctions