Dec 18, 2015
They were never issued, the mint said. But Sam Brown had five of them. He said they were sold to him by various collectors around the country.
King Farouk owned two of them. One is in the Smithsonian. One of them was featured in an episode of Hawaii Five-O. And one was lost in a car wreck, and rediscovered over 40 years later.
Total value? About 20 million dollars. Not bad for twenty-five cents' worth of coins that were never issued.
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