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The Hawaii Five-O $100,000 Nickel Episode Was On Last Friday...so...

RichRRichR Posts: 3,827 ✭✭✭✭✭

The episode originally aired in 1973...therefore, adjusted for inflation...that would be a $700,000 1913 Liberty Head nickel today...so how does track with actual recent auction values?

But I also found the closing credits interesting in that two coin investment entities were thanked:

United National Coin Corp. in Beverly Hills and World Wide Coin Investments Ltd. in Atlanta...I thought that was a pretty advanced investment concept for nearly 50 years ago...when even vanilla mutual funds didn't even exist yet!

I wonder if either of these firms became a part of a firm that we'd know today?


  • JW77JW77 Posts: 386 ✭✭✭✭

    Darn, I have been watching H5O on MeTV just about every Friday afternoon waiting for that episode. Went outside to trim some hedges and this is my reward. Hopefully it's available on demand

  • 1northcoin1northcoin Posts: 3,555 ✭✭✭✭✭

    There have been several threads regarding the Hawaii Five-O Nickel. I'll try to locate one that should answer the subsequent auction history of the coin and link it here.

  • 1northcoin1northcoin Posts: 3,555 ✭✭✭✭✭

    OK, here is a link to one of the threads. I see 6 million dollars was a figure thrown out.


  • RichRRichR Posts: 3,827 ✭✭✭✭✭

    So...$6 million vs. "normal" inflation of roughly $700,000....so that coin has appreciated like gangbusters!

  • FredWeinbergFredWeinberg Posts: 5,673 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Bob Mandel owned united national coin, around the corner from where I worked at Numismatics Limited in 1973 –
    I believe John Hamrick was working with worldwide coin at that time.

    Retired Collector & Dealer in Major Mint Error Coins & Currency since the 1960's.Co-Author of Whitman's "100 Greatest U.S. Mint Error Coins", and the Error Coin Encyclopedia, Vols., III & IV. Retired Authenticator for Major Mint Errors
    for PCGS. A 49+-Year PNG Member...A full numismatist since 1972, retired in 2022
  • WillieBoyd2WillieBoyd2 Posts: 4,996 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have the Hawaii Five-O $100,000 Nickel program on my Coins on Television website.



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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That episode is - IMO - the most frequently referenced coin TV show here on the forum... Usually two or three times a year. Cheers, RickO

  • RichRRichR Posts: 3,827 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 16, 2023 6:44AM

    [That episode is - IMO - the most frequently referenced coin TV show here on the forum... Usually two or three times a year.]

    As a classic Batman fan...I also liked that "King Tut" was knocking people off to get the coin!

    Plus...it was interesting that one of the big gold Pan-Pac coins was highlighted on screen...I bet you could have bought that coin for a comparative song in 1973 vs. present day prices.

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