[An update on one of my very first posts – of August 3, 2011] The Liberty Head five cent piece (the “V” Nickel – because of a Roman numeral “5” on the reverse) was made from 1883 to 1912 and was America’s second “nickel.” In 1913, the United States Mint produced Liberty Head nickels but they were never intended for circulation. Colonel E. H. R. Green (the son of the famous Hetty Green) owned 5 strikes of the 1913 nickel. These five rarities have since been dispersed to collectors.
Around 1960, I was a Boy Scout working on Coin Collecting Merit Badge. The merit badge counselor was a gentle man named Herman Noll (he lived in Mt. Prospect, IL). He had an amazing collection of coins housed in a walk in closet off the living room. Apart from quizzing me on and helping me with the merit badge requirements, Mr. Noll generously gave me some assorted coins for my collection. I remember him telling me that his father was an employee of the U.S. Mint that produced the 1913 “V” Nickel. His father took a few — apparently beyond those belonging to Mr. Green. Mr. Noll never told me where the remaining 1913 nickels were or what had been done with them. On August 14th, a 1913 “V” nickel sold for $4.5 million (see http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/rare-nickel-sells-for-record-breaking-dollar45-million/ar-BBM0vFy?li=BBnbfc ). I wonder if they know about Herman. . . . .
I wish I’d asked a few more questions . . . .