Remember The Boxcar Children? I used to be obsessed with those books. For some reason, I remember one of the books in vivid detail -- it's called Mystery Behind the Wall, and it involves searching for a lost coin collection.
I remember wondering why anyone would collect coins. Isn't a nickel worth … well, a nickel? How could you sell money? The concept boggled my mind and, to an extent, it still does.
Dang, Benny's got some muscles! (source)
These million-dollar coins, courtesy of brokeprofessionals.com
, would definitely make the Boxcar Children go on a scavenger hunt!
1839 Ten-Dollar Proof - $1,800,000 - $2,000,000
There are only three of these left in existence! The coins are especially rare and in good condition, which makes them extremely valuable.
1787 Brasher Doubloon - $2,415,000
The Brasher Doubloons were privately minted, and no one knows exactly why Ephraim Brasher decided to just go ahead and make his own money. Kinda crazy, huh? There are only seven of them left.
1804 Silver Dollar - $1,800,000 to $7,500,000
This is one of the most valuable coins in the world, if you can believe it. I'm still not exactly sure why. Apparently, these coins were minted to be given to foreign dignitaries as gifts -- rumor has it that King Rama IV of Siam gave his to Anna Leonowens (ever seen The King and I? Yeah, them.)
1913 Liberty Nickel -- $2,000,000 to $4,500,000
These coins were never authorized to be minted by the U.S. Most believe that a random U.S. Mint employee named Samuel Brown just minted them because he wanted to. There are only five of these coins known to exist.
1933 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle - $7,590,000
These coins were ordered to be melted down when private ownership of gold bullion was banned, but some survived. Two of the coins were donated to the Smithsonian, but some got into private hands. The U.S. Secret Service hunted the coins down for decades, and it is thought that all of them have been found.
I guess that I will never really understand how you can "buy" money … or why you would want to … but I think I would enjoy a Secret Service hunt to track down some Double Eagles!