It was the year 1913. Every person was searching through their small piles of coins for a hyped up 5 cent coin that had been publicized all over the US. I'm talking about the 1913 Liberty V Nickel. It was said that only 5 examples got out of the Mint. Many theories were developed as to how these coins made it out in the public. Some say that the pieces were struck as test pieces while some say that someone accidentally minted 5 coins before the dies were destroyed to be replaced by the Buffalo Nickel. And also this was during the Great Depression, in which a collector named B. Max Behl of Texas offered a huge reward of 50$ (During those times 50$ was a enormous amount of money) to the person who found the nickel. This led to the nationwide hype of the coin. Most of the pieces were sold quietly to private collectors. Million of Americans could be seen stopped on the streets, checking their change for this rare piece of fortune.
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