Article Photos: Rare coins worth millions displayed in New Orleans 8/9

This 1913 Liberty Head Nickel, held by ANA curator Douglas Mudd, recently sold at auction for $3.1 million to a partnership of coin dealers Larry Lee, of Panama City, Fla., and Jeff Garrett of Lexington, Ky. as seen here at the National Money Show held by the American Numismatic Association in the New Orleans Convention Center in New Orleans, La., Thursday, May 9, 2013. Guarding the coin, that was temporarily removed from the case, is Orleans Parish Constable Firmin Brown. The coin is so valuable because in 1913 the U.S. mint started producing Buffalo or American Indian Head nickels instead of Liberty Head nickels that were produced from 1883-1912. The 1913 Liberty Head was either struck by accident by the U.S. Mint or, as many numismatic historians have concluded,  U.S. Mint employee Samuel Brown may have struck them himself, or had them struck, and taken them from the Mint. Brown sold the only five copies of the nickel in 1924.  (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)