Mysteries of the Illicit 1973 Liberty Head Nickels
Million Dollar Nickels invites the reader into an outlandish industry where $10,000 buys the privilege to look at a coin, and a million dollars just might coax a nickel out of hiding.
Framed in the backdrop of a nation-wide media frenzy and a public mad with the hope of hitting the jackpot, Million Dollar Nickels unveils a story of America's most eccentric and famous collectors, persistent reporters searching for the truth, shameless profiteers, and agents of the Smithsonian Institute desperate to stay above the fray.
Until now, the legacy of the 1913 Liberty nickels lay buried deep in myth an intrigue. Years of folklore obscured the facts. Even experts disagreed over the basics: How many were minted? Who made them? When were they made? How did they manage to escape from one of the most secure places in America � the U.S. Mint?
In the end, an anonymous heiress and six of the world's most respected coin experts sat in a small room under the vigilant watch of armed guards. Few expected what they found. And what they found rewrote numismatic history�