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1793 Penny Fetches $1.38 Million At An Orlando Auction

Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 11:45 AM
A penny saved is a penny earned... especially if it was this penny. From USA Today
A once-cent copper coin from the earliest days of the U.S. Mint in 1793 has sold for a record $1.38 million at a Florida auction.
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Ken TuminKen Tumin5,441 posts since
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1. Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 2:10 PM
I never find anything like this in my change from Wal-Mart.
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ShorebreakShorebreak2,362 posts since
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2. Monday, February 20, 2012 - 11:36 PM
I've been an on-again/off-again numismatist since I was a boy. I've always actually been surprised at how low the selling prices of super-rare, one-of-a-kind coins actually is.

Over $1M sounds like a lot, but for real history it isn't that much in my mind. Some of these coins have real stories behind them; intrigue and suspense. Some are absolutely the only one of their kind. They can be beautiful, too.

Fine art goes for many multiples of a million dollars and nobody blinks an eye. I would have expected rare coins to have surpassed the $10M mark a long time ago.
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