Stack’s Bowers Galleries to Display Famous Hawaii Five-O 1913 Liberty Head Nickel at Long Beach Expo

Author: Stack's Bowers Galleries / September 29, 2021

Costa Mesa, CA (September 29, 2021) — Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to announce the display of the famous Hawaii Five-O specimen of the 1913 Liberty Head nickel at the Long Beach Collectibles Expo, September 30 through October 2. Featured at Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ table number 702, this incredible display offers collectors the chance to experience one of the greatest rarities in United States numismatics.

The 1913 Liberty Head nickel is among the most famous and prized of all U.S. coin issues, regarded as the King of 20th Century coinage. Together with the 1894-S dime and the 1804 silver dollar, it is considered part of the "holy trinity" of U.S. rarities. Each of the five surviving 1913 Liberty Head nickels are historic treasures, although the Hawaii Five-O specimen is perhaps the most significant.

This specimen was featured in a December 1973 episode of the television show Hawaii Five-O, one of the most popular programs of the era. It was this episode and this exact coin that made the 1913 Liberty Head nickel a famous rarity even among non-collectors. Prior to its television appearance, however, this specimen had already amassed an extraordinary pedigree and can be traced back to the legendary collections of Colonel E.H.R. Green, Eric P. Newman, Fred Olsen, and King Farouk of Egypt.

Graded Proof-64+ by NGC and awarded a green sticker by CAC for superior quality, this specimen ranks as the second finest of the five known examples, only three of which are in private hands. Stack’s Bowers Galleries has a long history of handling these treasures throughout their 85-year legacy, including this very coin, which it sold three decades ago in their 1993 Reed Hawn sale. Most recently, the firm set a price record for the issue with their sale of the Eliasberg example for $4.56 million in 2018.


This famous 1913 Liberty Head nickel will be displayed at Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ table number 702 at the Long Beach Collectibles Expo from September 30- October 2, featured alongside highlights from the firm’s November Showcase sale and other exciting upcoming auctions. For questions about this world-class rarity or to consign your collection to a Stack’s Bowers Galleries sale, contact the firm at 800-458-4646 or e-mail


About Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducts live, Internet and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company’s 85-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Joel R. Anderson Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Pinnacle Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, and The Thos. H. Law Collection.

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