A 1933 US gold coin has been sold at a Sotheby’s public sale in New York City for a record $18.9m (£13.4m).
With a face worth of $20, the Double Eagle was the final gold coin produced for meant circulation in America.
But it was by no means issued as President Franklin D Roosevelt withdrew the US from the gold normal, in an effort to raise the nation from melancholy.
Most of the cash had been then destroyed and declared unlawful to personal – aside from the one sold on Tuesday.
It had belonged for a time to King Farouk of Egypt, and was later seized in a secret service sting operation in New York City.
On Tuesday, it was sold by shoe designer Stuart Weitzman to a bidder whose identification has not been revealed.
The Double Eagle has a picture of Liberty on one aspect and an American eagle on the opposite.
“The sale marks the second time this 1933 Double Eagle coin set a world record as the most valuable coin, having sold at Sotheby’s New York in 2002 for $7.59m in an auction,” Sotheby’s stated in a press release.
Separately, Sotheby’s stated that on Tuesday “the sole-surviving example of the legendary British Guiana One-Cent Magenta achieved $8.3m, retaining its place as the most famous and valuable stamp in the world”.
And one other merchandise, the 24-Cent Inverted Jenny Plate Block, fetched $4.9m.
The public sale home described it as “the most well-known and sought-after American stamp rarity”.