Famous $3 Million Rare Nickel Among $100 Million Of Historic Money On Display In New Orleans

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Some of the world's most famous rare coins and paper money, including multi-million dollar nickels and historic Louisiana money, will be publicly displayed at the National Money Show in New Orleans, May 9 - 11, 2013.

The famous 1913 Liberty Head nickel that sold last month for $3.17 million will be publicly displayed for the first time in New Orleans at the National Money Show, May 9 - 11, 2013. (Photo by American Numismatic Association.)

Money is history you can hold in your hands.

More than $100 million of historic rare coins and colorful currency, including the first public appearance of a rare nickel that recently sold for over $3 million and examples of early Louisiana money, are on display at the National Money Show (http://www.NationalMoneyShow.com) in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, May 9 - 11, 2013.

The public can get appraisals of their old coins and paper money at this family-friendly, educational event where items ranging from a dollar to over a million dollars can be bought and sold.

"Money is history you can hold in your hands. Every coin and piece of paper money ever made has a story to tell about people, places or events," said Tom Hallenbeck, President of the nonprofit, 27,000-member American Numismatic Association (http://www.money.org), sponsor of the National Money Show.

Among the historic and world famous numismatic treasures that are being publicly displayed for the first time in Louisiana during the show: the 1913 Liberty Head nickel that was sold in an auction last month for $3,172,500, a rare 1804-dated silver dollar valued at $3 million, and an example of the first coin authorized by President George Washington, a 1792 silver half disme (an early spelling of the word dime).

Other eye-opening displays include centuries-old Louisiana coins and bank notes and an exhibit of World War II money.

"We actually have two 1913 Liberty Head nickels here in New Orleans for the first time. Only five are known of that design and date, and two of them are on display here with a combined value of over $5 million. They were struck under mysterious circumstances at the Philadelphia Mint a century ago," explained Hallenbeck.

"One of the nickels was hidden in a Virginia closet for 41 years, the other was frequently carried in the pocket of a former owner from Wisconsin so he could show it to strangers."

Many of the 300 professional coin and currency dealers attending the show will provide free, informal appraisals for visitors who bring in their old money.

Stack's Bowers Galleries is conducting a public auction of coins and currency in conjunction with the show that is hosted by the Crescent City Coin Club.

The National Money Show is in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Hall G, 900 Convention Center Blvd. in New Orleans. Public hours are from 10 am to 5:30 pm Thursday and Friday, May 9 and 10, and from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday, May 11.

General admission is $6. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

For additional information, visit the American Numismatic Association website, http://www.NationalMoneyShow.com, or call (719) 482-9867.

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