The “Brasher doubloon” gold coin, the first of its kind ever minted in the country, sold at a Florida auction for $4,582,500.
Considered the world’s most valuable coin, the Brasher doubloon was sold to an unidentified buyer through Heritage Auctions at the Florida United Numismatists Convention in Orlando.
This type of coin was reportedly minted in 1787 for general circulation, the first gold coin struck for the United States. Only a handful still exist.
The coin is particularly famous due to it being the subject of the novel “The High Window” by Raymond Chandler, which became a film in 1947 named after the coin. It was sold in 1979 for $430,000 to a private collector, where it remained until the recent auction.
A second coin, featured on the original “Hawaii Five-O” series, was also sold for $3.3 million. It is one of five 1913 Liberty Head Nickels known to exist.