The Rarest Coins in the World

Finding a rare coin such as a three-legged buffalo nickel or a quarter crafted from silver can be exciting finds. But these coins blow them out of the water with price estimations into the millions. Coins become rare for a variety of reasons, including political and controversial minting. Here are some of the rarest coins the world has to offer.

1804 Silver Dollar, Class I

This coin is often called the “King of U.S. Coins,” and for good reason—there are only fifteen known specimens of this silver coin in the world. Struck in 1834, 30 years after its dating, this coin was minted as a gift for Asian rulers during trade envoy visits. In 1999, one of these coins sold for $4,140,000.

1343 Edward III Florin

Although this British coin was valued at around 6 shillings when it was first minted, it’s no surprise that it has accrued substantial value over the past 670 years. Because there are only three of these foreign coins known to exist, it is one of the rarest coins there is and is valued at $6.8 million.

1787 Brasher Doubloon

Many coin collectors have goals to collect specific coin types, such as doubloons. But casual collectors will have a hard time saving up for this extremely rare example. When the minter Ephraim Brasher was declined after petitioning New York State to mint a new set of coins, he decided to mint them anyway. Although he crafted many in bronze, he created some in gold, the latter of which became some of the rarest coins in the U.S., and even in the world. A Wall Street investment firm recently bought one of these doubloons for $7.4 million.

1913 Liberty Head Nickel

It’s not common for such recently made coins to have been minted without the approval of the U.S. Mint. That’s why this nickel is one of the rarest coins in existence. In fact, only five of these nickels entered into the public domain, and the most expensive one sold for $3.7 million. However, depending on future demand, this coin may one day go for as much as eight figures!

With coins as rare as these, many are lucky to ever see them. If so, you’re more likely to see them at a museum or national coin show, as opposed to in your pocket change. While most coins won’t pull in multi-millions, moderately rare coins can fetch a significant amount. If you live in the Atlanta area, contact Atlanta Gold & Coin Buyers—we can help you navigate the market. Have some coins that you think might be valuable? Learn more about how we determine the value of your coins.

Tony Davis is the owner of Atlanta Gold & Coin Buyers, a full service Atlanta based coin and bullion dealer specializing in buying, selling and appraising coins and coin collections of all types and sizes. Tony frequently writes on various economic and numismatic related topics affecting the coin and bullion markets and has been published on some of the industry’s leading websites, including Coin Week, the American Numismatic Association, Coin Collector, Coinflation and Coin Auctions Help, just to name a few. Visit Atlanta Gold & Coin’s website at to obtain additional information on the products, services and educational resources offered by his company. Tony can be reached at or at 404-236-9744. Be sure to "like" Atlanta Gold & Coin Buyers on Facebook , follow them on Twitter, or subscribe to their RSS feed to receive the latest news, tips and expert advice on old, rare, collectible and bullion coins.