A rare 1913 Liberty Head nickel, buried in a family closet for 40 years, sold at auction Thursday for $3.2 million.
Only five of these nickels are known to exist and three are available to collectors, according to Heritage Auctions, which handled the sale in Schaumburg, Ill., and received 19 bids.
The winning bidders were two men from Lexington, Ky., and Panama City, Fla. The final price exceeded an initial estimate of at least $2.5 million.
"The 1913 Liberty nickel is one of America's most famous rare coins," said Todd Imhof, executive vice president at Heritage Auctions. "This particular one was off the radar for decades until it literally came out of the closet after a nationwide search."