Legend Numismatics is proud to announce the purchase of the finest 1913 Liberty nickel in existence. The coin was purchased for $4,560,000 USD at last night’s ANA Stack’s Bowers auction.
The coin was purchased in a partnership by Bruce Morelan and a long time Legend Numismatics customer.
In 2010 Bruce Morelan through Legend Numismatics sold Dr. William Morton-Smith the coin. At the time of delivery, he pulled a wrinkled yellow piece of paper and read a very heartfelt message about his pride of ownership and how he felt the coin needed a good home-and how he was it. The principals of Legend were deeply moved and thought about that speech often. We were deeply saddened by his passing. We felt it was our mission to continue Dr. William Morton-Smith’s desire to keep the coin in a good home. When we found out it was to be in auction, we prepared the strongest bid we could and kept our fingers crossed.
Bruce Morelan is now one of the few collectors ever to own a TY I 1804 $1 and a 1913 5C at the same time. The Legend customer who is a partner on this coin had always wanted to own it. As for Dr. William Morton-Smith’s desire, the coin is back in a good home.
“It’s almost indescribable how happy I am to once again own this special coin – it’s one of the greatest rarities in all of American numismatics. The 1913 nickel is head to head with the 1804$1 and to own them both at the same time is something that I can feel very satisfied with in my coin collecting career.” Bruce Morelan
The only plans are for the partners to share a bottle of wine and enjoy ownership of the coin. In the tradition of Legend Numismatics and its customers who own great coins, you can count on this coin being placed on public display.