1796 B2 Quarter Dollar

1796 quarter back

Sold for: $1.5 million

This 25-cent piece sold for many times its face value and fetched the largest sum ever paid for a quarter. Appraiser Mark Borckardt of Heritage Auctions, which organized the sale, called the quality "phenomenal" and said collectors value the rainbow-like coloring on the coin's surface.

First published November 20, 2013: 2:40 AM ET

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