World’s most expensive coin comes to the RDS

Pictured Above: The RDS Facade.

Pictured Above: The RDS Facade.

This is the year in which people all over Europe are being given the chance to see the world’s most expensive coin up close. This coming weekend will see that chance come to Ireland as it goes on display in the RDS.

Being the first coin ever to be struck by the US mint, the 1794 “Flowing Hair” Silver Dollar was declared to be the most expensive coin in the world when it was bought at auction for $10 million dollars by US businessman Bruce Morelan in 2013. There is even a legend that this coin was inspected and approved by George Washington himself.

Alongside the coin, the display will feature an original copy of the Declaration of Independence, one of the all-time most significant symbols of democracy. It was printed in Boston in July 1776 and is worth $4 million.

This is the first time that the coin has ever been exhibited in Europe, with the tour also making stops in Prague, Warsaw, Tallinn, Helsinki, Stockholm, Oslo and London. This is a significant opportunity for any coin enthusiast, being for many the first chance to see one of the most highly regarded items in the coin-collecting world.

The exhibition will take place in the Minerva suite of the RDS on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March, and will run from 10am to 6pm on both days. Admission to the event is free.

By Kevin Carney