Two coins certified by NGC broke the $1 million barrier at Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night sale at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia on August 16.

A recently discovered 1854-S $5, graded NGC XF 45, realized $2.16 million. The New England resident who owned the coin was initially told it was counterfeit, before NGC confirmed that it was genuine and only the fourth known example.

A 1792 Washington President Pattern Gold Eagle, graded NGC XF 45★, realized $1.74 million. It was the coin most cherished by renowned numismatist Eric P. Newman, who passed away last year at age 106.

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