1913 Liberty Nickel 

The 1913 Liberty Nickel is one of the most famous and enigmatic coins in American numismatic history.  

Despite its name, the 1913 Liberty Nickel does not actually feature the Liberty design; instead, it showcases a Native American on the obverse and a buffalo on the reverse. The true Liberty Nickel series was minted from 1883 to 1912, and the Buffalo Nickel series began in 1913. 

Only five 1913 Liberty Nickels are known to exist, and their origin remains somewhat mysterious. The coins were struck under curious circumstances at the Philadelphia Mint, likely by someone with insider knowledge.  

They were not officially authorized for production, as the Liberty Nickel design had been replaced by the Buffalo Nickel at the time. 

The story goes that Samuel W. Brown, a mint employee, and collector, may have orchestrated the striking of these coins in collaboration with a mint official.  

The five known examples of the 1913 Liberty Nickel were surreptitiously released into circulation or sold to collectors, where they remained largely unnoticed until years later. 

The rarity and intrigue surrounding the 1913 Liberty Nickel have contributed to its status as one of the most valuable and coveted coins in the world of numismatics.  

From their flawless condition to their unique provenance, each coin tells a story of American history and heritage, making them prized possessions for discerning collectors. 

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