Recovered from Car Crash, $2.5 Million Rare Nickel Authenticated by PCGS Division of Collectors Universe, Inc.

  Recovered from Car Crash, $2.5 Million Rare Nickel Authenticated by PCGS
  Division of Collectors Universe, Inc.

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- January 11, 2013

The world's most famous rare coin, the Walton 1913 Liberty Head nickel that
was recovered from a car crash and has an estimated value today of $2.5
million or more, now has been formally authenticated, graded and certified by
Professional Coin Grading Service (, a division of Collectors
Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).

Valued at $2.5 million or more, Professional Coin Grading Service has
certified the authenticity and ...

Valued at $2.5 million or more, Professional Coin Grading Service has
certified the authenticity and grade of the famous Walton 1913 Liberty Head
nickel as PCGS Secure Proof 63. (Photo: Professional Coin Grading Service)

PCGS brought together in Florida the same experts who first authenticated the
previously "missing" coin for Collectors Universe in Maryland in 2003. The
coin now is certified as PCGS Secure Proof 63 (on the PCGS numismatic grading
scale of 1 to 70).

The famous coin was recently submitted to PCGS by Heritage Auctions
( on behalf of George O. Walton's heirs, who consigned it for an
auction to be conducted by Heritage at the Central States Numismatic Society
convention in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Illinois on April 25, 2013.

"The acclaimed Walton 1913 Liberty nickel is the world's most publicized rare
coin, with national and international headlines from its surprise appearance
on July 29, 2003 after being 'lost' for four decades. It has generated many
subsequent stories wherever it's been publicly exhibited ever since," said Don
Willis, President of PCGS.

"An initial examination and evaluation of the coin was performed by PCGS
authenticators and graders at PCGS headquarters in California on January 3,
2013, and then on January 11, five of the six members of the same team of
experts from 2003 reconvened to closely examine it at the Florida United
Numismatists convention in Orlando, Florida. At the request of Walton's heirs,
we have issued a PCGS Certificate of Authenticity to accompany the coin, which
remains in Walton's custom-made holder that has housed it since the 1950s."

Willis added: "The PCGS brand guarantees authenticity, maximizes value and
increases liquidity."

The five authenticators from 2003 who re-examined the Walton nickel in Florida
were Heritage Senior Numismatist Mark Borckardt, PCGS Board of Experts member;
dealer and author John "JD" Dannreuther; numismatic author and dealer Jeff
Garrett; Professional Coin Grading Service Co-Founder and Collectors Universe
President David Hall; and numismatic author and dealer Fred Weinberg. The
sixth member of the 2003 team, American Precious Metals Exchange Executive
Vice President and consultant to the coin's owners Paul Montgomery, was unable
to attend the January 11 meeting but examined the coin two days earlier.

"The search for and subsequent authentication of the Walton 1913 Liberty
nickel in 2003 was one of the highlights of my career," said Hall.

"It is the most famous U.S. coin, and to be in the same room with all five of
the known specimens and a team of experts to authenticate what was the thought
to be missing specimen was a thrill beyond words. What an honor it is for PCGS
to now re-authenticate and issue an official grade for this great rarity."

One of only five known 1913 Liberty Head nickels, this coin vanished from the
hobby in 1962 when its owner, George O. Walton of North Carolina, was killed
in a car crash while driving to a coin show. The nickel, still inside the
custom-made holder, was recovered from the crash site, but the coin later was
mistakenly declared to be a fake.

Walton's sister, Melva Givens of Salem, Virginia, inherited the coin and kept
it in a closet of her home. It remained there for 41 years until two of her
children responded in 2003 to a national search and reward offered by
Collectors Universe to find the coin. The heirs brought it that year to the
American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Money in Baltimore, where it
was authenticated in a secret midnight meeting by the team of six experts, who
closely compared Walton's coin to the other four known genuine 1913 Liberty
nickels that were going on public display the next morning.

The family loaned the nickel to the ANA Money Museum in Colorado Springs,
Colorado, where it was displayed the past nine years and also exhibited at ANA
conventions across the country.

Additional information about 1913 Liberty Head nickels and thousands of other
coins is available online at, the Internet's most
comprehensive resource for information and illustrations of U.S. coins, from
Colonial-era issues to modern coins.

For additional information about PCGS and its services, including PCGS
CoinFacts, visit or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

For additional information about the upcoming auction of the Walton nickel,
contact Heritage Auctions at (800) 872-6467 or visit online at

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