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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 22, May 30, 2010, Article 15

VIDEO PRESENTATIONS ON THE 1913 LIBERTY NICKEL

David Lisot submitted these notes on videos relating to the 1913 Liberty Nickel. -Editor

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Regarding the new television program, Accidental Fortune, that includes a segment on the 1913 Walton Nickel, it might be interesting for readers to see the background of the coinís discovery from the numismatic video presentations that have been made. They are listed below.

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Walton 1913 Liberty Nickel Reunion (2007)
Moderator Donn Pearlman, with Mark Borckardt, John Dannreuther, Beth Deisher, Bette Givens, Ryan Givens, Paul Montgomery, Ray Knight, Cheryl Myers, Gary Myers

The story of the discovery of the lost 1913 Nickel is a fascinating and still unfolding story. You will hear the story of legendary collector George Walton who owned one of the original five nickels. You will meet members of his family and hear from the numismatists and journalists who helped "rediscover" this important part of numismatics that was lost for almost 40 years. ANA07-015 Length: 110:22

Inside Story of the Discovery of 1913 Liberty Nickel (2004)
Beth Deisher, Paul Montgomery, Mark Borckardt, Donn Pearlman

Coin World editor Beth Deisher separates fact from fantasy as she tells the amazing story about the discovery of the long lost fifth and final example of this fabled American numismatic rarity. Includes commentary from Paul Montgomery, president of Bowers & Merena, who authorized a one million dollar reward for recovery of the coin, Mark Borckhardt, numismatist at Bowers & Merena, who helped authenticate the coin, and Donn Pearlman the public relations agent who helped publicise the search effort and reward. FUN04-005 Length: 74:50

Only Five 1913 Nickels? (2008)
Alvin M. Stern

Alvin L. Stern is an ASA certified numismatic appraiser. He received his accreditation in 1985 and performs a variety of numismatic services. A coin collector of 42 years, Mr. Stern researches and lectures on a number of "coin intriguing" topics. Besides his work in numismatics, he is an award-winning artist and dental technologist holding two (2) U.S. patents in mechanical dentistry.

In this lecture presentation he discusses how ninety five years ago, a clandestine scheme took place at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia---the minting of the 1913 V Nickel. Who authorized these? Were only five (5) struck? Owned by astute collectors, millionaires and even a King, the known five coins are amongst the "jewels" of numismatic collecting. But, were there only five? You will hear information that will all you to decide including:

  • The story of the search and location of a missing 1913 Liberty nickel in 2003
  • Samuel W. Brown who reported struck the original nickels and his subsequent efforts to promote and sell five of them
  • history and pedigree of the five known specimens
  • dealer and collectors who were involved including Eric Newman, B. Max Mehl and King Farouk
  • auction records that indicate there may be an additional example of the coin
  • how references works in the 1940's list that six specimens were struck
  • other evidence to support this theory and the research still needed
ANA08-008 Length: 50:10

Tales of a Great American Rarity: 1913 Nickel (1993)
Robert R. Van Ryzin

Since 1920, when the hobby first learned of the existence of five examples of the 1913 Liberty head nickel, no coin has had a more colorful background. This slide-illustrated video takes a thorough look at the background, pedigree and mysterious history of these American rarities, based on research and interviews conducted by the author, a numismatic researcher and writer, who serves as managing editor of Numismatic News. ANA93-027 Length: 31:44

Wayne Homren, Editor

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