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Historic gold coins fetch $4.6 million

AFP-JIJI

Two antique American gold coins sold for more than $7.8 million when they went under the hammer in Florida, auction organizers confirmed Friday.

The first gold coin ever made for the United States — a “Brasher doubloon” struck in 1787 by a neighbor of George Washington — fetched $4,582,500, Heritage Auctions said.

A nickel made at the Philadelphia Mint in 1913 that is one of only five known to exist raised $3.3 million.

“The legendary Brasher Doubloon is one of the most important coins in American history because it’s the first gold coin struck for the young United States, and it’s one of only a handful that exist,” said Todd Imhof, executive vice president of Heritage Auctions.

The coin was also featured in Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe 1942 crime novel “The High Window,” later adapted into a film noir released as “The Brasher Doubloon.”