10 of the best-performing coin investments

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paulfrasercollectibles

2015-06-26 11:32:44

We count down 10 of the best performing coin investments

1879 Flowing Hair Stella – up 2.3% pa

The 1879 Flowing Hair Stella is a classic US rarity, with fewer than 25 known to have survived. In 2006 a specimen sold for $160,000 at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, a figure eclipsed in 2012 by an example of the same grade that sold for $184,000 - an increase of 2.3% pa.

Brasher doubloon – 6.9% pa

Image: Heritage Auctions

The Brasher doubloon is among the rarest and most sought after US coins in history. Only seven were ever produced by Ephraim Brasher, a highly regarded goldsmith.

In 2013 the highest graded example made $4.5m at Heritage Auctions – exceeding the total of $430,000 paid in 1979 by 6.9% pa.

AD 66 Judean Shekel – 7.5% pa

Image: Heritage Auctions

This large silver shekel was produced in Jerusalem circa AD 66, and is one of only two surviving examples produced by the Jews during the war against Rome.

It made $1.1m at Heritage Auctions New York in 2012, a 7.5% pa increase on the $240,000 paid back in 1991.

1795 “Garrett” Jefferson Head cent – 11% pa

Image: Heritage Auctions

The 1795 “Garrett” Jefferson head cent is thought to have been produced by John Harper, a resident of Philadelphia at the turn of the 18th century, who was eager to acquire a coinage contract from the recently formed American government.

It made $184,000 at Heritage Auctions' Long Beach sale in 2012, an 11% pa increase on its previous sale figure of $7,500, set in 1979.

1873-CC No Arrows dime – 11.9% pa

This rare 1873-CC No Arrows dime made $1.8m at Stacks Bowers in Philadelphia in 2012, up 11.9% pa from the $891,250 it achieved at Bowers and Merena in 2004.

It is the only known example of the rare issue, with the remainder believed to have been melted down to produce arrowed versions.

1652 New England sixpence – 12.7% pa

Image: Stack's Bowers

This early coin was struck in the fledgling colony of Boston in around 1652. It was discovered in a potato field in New York state in 1990, and sold for $35,200 in 1991.

In 2012 it eclipsed the previous total by an impressive degree at Stack's Bowers in Baltimore, achieving $431,250 – a per annum increase of 12.7%.

1920 George V gold sovereign – 13.1% pa

With only four known specimens, the 1920 George V gold sovereign is among the rarest Australian colonial era coins, with one example achieving £780,000 ($1.3m) at Baldwin’s London in 2012.

Before then it had sold for $600,589 in 2006 - a per annum increase of 13.1%.

1890 Grand Watermelon – 13.8% pa

Image: Heritage Auctions

The US $1,000 Grand Watermelon was released as a treasury note in 1890.

The only known example in private hands achieved $11,000 at an auction in 1970, before making $3.2m at a high profile sale at Heritage Auctions in 2013 – an increase of 13.8% pa.

Silver Umayyad dirham – 18% pa

Image: Baldwin's

This silver dirham was minted at the height of the Umayyad caliphate (661-750 AD) and sold for £18,000 ($29,448) at Baldwin’s London in 2008. In 2012 it achieved £34,000 ($54,817) at the same auction house, equating to a per annum increase of 18%.

1927-D Double Eagle – 39.5% pa

Image: Heritage Auctions

The 1927-D Double Eagle, specifically designed by Saint Gaudens to be the most beautiful the treasury had ever produced, is among the most desirable US coins.

Around 12-13 are known to have survived to the present day, with seven examples left on the open market. This particular specimen made $2,000 when it sold in 1984, later realising $577,500 in 2000 – an increase of 39.5% pa.

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