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Liberty head nickel sells for over $3 million at auction

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(CNN) - Empty out your change jar, you may have a coin worth a lot more than you think.

A rare nickel just sold for over $3 million at an Illinois auction. It is one of only five 1913 liberty head design nickels and has a crazy back story.

The coin was uncovered after a fatal car accident and thought to be fake, so it stayed in a closet for 41 years.

A nationwide search ten years ago brought the nickel out of hiding. A group of experts authenticated it during a secret midnight meeting.

So far, more than $40 million worth of historic currency was sold during this week's event.


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