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1913 nickel worth millions? Humble coin on the auction block.

The design is unique because the US officially switched to the Buffalo Head nickel that year, but a U.S. Mint worker is suspected of making a handful of the old design with the new year.

By Steve Szkotak / January 29, 2013

This image provided by Heritage Auctions shows an authentic 1913 Liberty Head nickel that was hidden in a Virginia closet for 41 years after its owners were mistakenly told it was a fake. The nickel is one of only five known and expected to sell for $2.5 million or more in an auction conducted by Heritage Auctions in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Ill., on April 25, 2013.

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RICHMOND, Va.

A humble nickel from 1913 could be worth millions when it goes up for auction this spring.

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The 1913 Liberty Head nickel is one of only five known to exist. Some expect it to sell for $2.5 million or more.

The design is unique because the U.S. officially switched to the Buffalo Head nickel that year, but a U.S. Mint worker is suspected of making a handful of the old design with the new year.

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But it's also the coin's rich backstory that could boost its value. It was made illegally and later found in a car wreck that killed its owner. Then it was declared a fake and forgotten in a closet for decades before being rediscovered.

Four Virginia siblings will split the proceeds from the April 25 auction.

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