NGC-certified Hawaii Five-O Nickel Realizes Over $4 Million


A 1913 Liberty Nickel certified by Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC) — known as the Hawaii Five-O coin — has realized over $4 million in a private sale, one of the highest prices ever paid for a coin. The private sale conducted by Stack’s Bowers was the 14th time that an NGC-certified coin realized over $1 million this year alone.

1913 Liberty Nickel, the "The Hawaii Five-O Coin," graded NGC PF 64+
The 1913 Liberty Nickel, dubbed the “The Hawaii Five-O Coin,” graded NGC PF 64+. This rarity realized over $4 million.

Only five examples of the 1913 Liberty Nickel exist, none of which were officially authorized. Their origins remain shrouded in mystery, but there is no doubt that they stand at the pinnacle of numismatics today. At one point, "Colonel" E.H.R. Green acquired all five, but two are now enshrined in museum collections.

This example is graded NGC PF 64+ and displays "The Hawaii Five-O Coin" pedigree. That police procedural featured the ultra-rarity in a 1973 episode titled "The $100,000 Nickel," which helped increase the public’s appreciation for coin collecting. NGC certified the famous nickel in 2004.

"None of the 51 million coins certified by NGC has captured the public interest quite like this one," said Mark Salzberg, NGC Chairman. "NGC is proud of its long history of certifying exceptional numismatic rarities like this."

The coin was displayed by Stack’s Bowers at the Long Beach Expo in October 2021. The auction house announced the sale on November 8.

The numismatic world has seen seven-digit coin sales occur at a frenzied pace this year. In January, an NGC-certified 1787 Brasher Doubloon realized $9.36 million, an auction record for any gold coin at the time. In October, an NGC-certified Great Britain 1937 Edward VIII Gold Pattern 5 Sovereign realized over $2.4 million, a record for any English coin sold at auction.

To see the complete list of NGC-certified coins that have realized prices over $1 million this year, click here.

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Be there. Aloha!

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Book ’em, Danno!


Peace Brotha

Seth Riesling

NGC needs to learn trademark law and use the proper ®™symbols when using intellectual property of other companies on their commercial business slab labels!


Kaiser Wilhelm

Seth, I’m glad you brought that to our attention. So now I would say, “Book ’em, Sting!”

Last edited 21 days ago by Kaiser Wilhelm
Seth Riesling

NGC™® uses the trademark & copyright symbols to protect its own names & intellectual property, but doesn’t on this t.v. series & movie franchise.


Seth Riesling

cc: H5O office of legal counsel.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Are they in trouble now! I think there’s a good chance Danno is gonna book ’em.

Last edited 15 days ago by Kaiser Wilhelm
Seth Riesling

“none of which was officially authorized…” = illegal to own & still USA government property as title to stolen property never passes to another person or company. Struck at Philadelphia Mint, by Philadelphia Mint employees (2) with USA government property (dies, planchets, coinage presses etc.).
The U.S. Mint can seize these at any moment & soon will under new management.


Kaiser Wilhelm

Seth, while I’m sure the both legally and technically you are correct, I have my doubts as to whether the Mint, considering its cozy relationship with the commercial numismatic community, would ever want to pursue such a drastic course of action.


Just an example of no fairness (in life) i.e. thousands of 1933 double eagles legally struck but only one legal to own and really why allow even an exception?

Kaiser Wilhelm


I do see your point entirely, and in that precise regard I would stipulate that FDR committed what was essentially a very serious financial crime against the entire American population when he ordered the confiscation of everyone’s privately owned gold in 1933.

Last edited 21 days ago by Kaiser Wilhelm

I believe only the 1933 Double Eagles are illegal to own. There are also the later dates Trade Dollars. How did only five or so coins get struck? How did that happen? Knew someone in the Mint who would do that? Some wealthy, well connected dealer(s). Myself, I don’t consider the 1913 Liberty Nickels a legitimate collector coin, for obvious reasons. I’d much rather prefer the two types of Buffalo Nickels in PF64+ myself.

Seth Riesling

Amen Antonio! The “Buffalo nickels” are the most “USA”/”American” of all coin designs by the U.S. Mint for sure. I would love to have a nice rainbow-toned one for my collection.


Kaiser Wilhelm

I can’t help but be a gadfly in this regard, as these are in fact either Indian Head Nickels or, if they must be described by their reverse, then “Bison Nickels” since there hasn’t been a buffalo in North America since ever.

Seth Riesling

Yes & I put “Buffalo” in quotes, since Black Diamond on the reverse of the Indian Head 5-cents coin was indeed an American Bison. I saw my first one in Sioux Falls, SD of all places in a zoo in 1988. Amazing big, strong animals. I ate my first Bison meat around 1983, & it’s lean.


Kaiser Wilhelm


I saw my first bison in the nineties at a resort in rural western Massachusetts. They were there to help reduce the taxes by making the facility a haven for a then “endangered” species.

Kaiser Wilhelm


When we look back over a couple hundred years of coin making in America we see that these ducats of ours were originally sourced all over the place. Just because minting has become centralized shouldn’t mean that coins from the Mint that one way or another slipped through the scheduling cracks are somehow automatically “counterfeit” and as such “illegal”. Just my humble opinion.


Did anybody else here have the tune from ‘Hawaii Five-O’ run through their mind when they read this article’s headline?


All I heard was surf music. And Tiny Bubbles.

Kaiser Wilhelm

The Surfaris and Don Ho. Definitely in separate nightclubs at the Waikiki Hilton!

Last edited 19 days ago by Kaiser Wilhelm


Kaiser Wilhelm

A truly iconic song. Love it!

Kaiser Wilhelm

Da da da da dah…

Book ’em, Danno, book ’em all!



Kaiser Wilhelm

I see that you too have been swept up in the magical 5-0 of Hawaii nostalgia, so why not go ahead and book ’em, Rich!

Last edited 18 days ago by Kaiser Wilhelm

Murder one?

Kaiser Wilhelm

Which one? And while we’re at it, who’s on first. I just love that routine!

Chas. Barber

Unless they used aSTAND-IN Liberty they fed the 1913 into a newspaper rack!! So, Proof 64, yeah right. Illegal coins they should be [Yoda!]

Kaiser Wilhelm

If those coins were born in the USA, they can hardly be called illegal. 🙂