Rare coins, from doubloons to silver dollars, are often worth much more than their face value or the material from which they are made. For instance, the rare 1943 bronze wheat penny fetched $1 million in 2012, reports the Huffington Post. Read on to learn more about some of the most valuable change in existence!
1. 1849 Double Eagle
As of 2015, the 1849 Double Eagle is one of the rarest, most valuable coins in the world. Minted in Philadelphia as a $20 piece for only one year in limited numbers, the coin alone is worth $20 million, explains The Richest.
2. 1877 Half Union
The 1877 Half Union coin comes in at number two in value, fetching a cool $15 million. This $50 coin is Proof 67, meaning that it is not only rare, but barely touched.
3. 1907 Saint Gaudens
Only a few of the 1907 Saint Gaudens $20 coins were minted and remain almost completely untouched. With a Proof 69 grade, this coin fetches $8.5 million.
4. 1794 Silver Dollar
The 1794 Silver Dollar is not only valued at nearly $8 million for its rarity, but also as a historical relic. It is one of the first silver dollars minted in the United States.
5. 1933 Double Eagle
Although thousands of these coins were minted, none were circulated, increasing its value for collectors. Moreover, the government melted the majority down. Very few exist, making this coin worth $7.5 million.
6. 1804 Silver Dollar
The 1804 Silver Dollar was actually minted in 1834, but post-dated to 1804 when the last silver dollars were made, explains Live Science. Only a few were ever struck and only eight remain, making each one worth $7.5 million.
7. 1822 Half Eagle
Nearly 18,000 1822 Half Eagle coins were made, but only three remain. This $5 piece can fetch as much as $6 million.
8. 1913 Liberty Head
This 5-cent piece is insured at $2.5 million, states ABC News, but can fetch as much as $4.5 million. Very few coins were ever struck and only five remain.
9. 2007 Queen Elizabeth II Million Dollar Coin
The 2007 Queen Elizabeth II Million Dollar Coin is a large, 21-inch diameter, 220-pound coin struck from the most refined gold available. This one-of-a-kind coin sold for $4 million.
10. 1787 Brasher Doubloon
The 1787 Brasher Doubloon EB on Wing coin is the oldest of the coins on the top 10 list, and struck not by a mint, but by goldsmith Ephraim Brasher. This $2.4-million coin is one of only seven in existence.