Rare nickel owned by Salemites expected to bring millions

SALEM – A rare 1913 Liberty Head nickel that the Salem Times-Register wrote about in May 2010 is making headlines all over because it is due to bring millions when it goes up for auction in April.

The nickel is said to be one of only five of that type known to exist. The owners are brother and sister Ryan Givens of Salem, Cheryl Myers – who lived in Northern Virginia at the time of the 2010 interview – and two more siblings who have held onto the coin for more than 30 years, even after it was thought to be a fake.

In this 2010 picture, Salem resident Ryan Givens, left, shows a prop of the 1913 Liberty Head nickel during the taping of the TLC's "Accidental Fortune." With him are actor Patrick Moore and Bootie Chewning of Vinton, who cast the characters and scouted locations. Submitted photo

For the last 10 years, Ryan Givens said, the coin has been on long-term loan to the American Numismatic Association Money Museum in Colorado Springs, Col.

Their mother, the late Melva Givens, inherited the coin after brother George O. Walton purchased one of the coins in the 1940s, Ryan Givens said, for more than $3,700. The coin was one of a number found at the site after Walton was killed in a car crash in 1962.

Melva Givens, who died 30 years after her brother, held onto the coin. Daughter Cheryl Myers was quoted as saying her mother would have probably invested the coin for her children if she had realized its worth.

Read the May 27, 2010, story about the nickel and a television show about rare coins that was filmed in Salem on the Salem Times-Register’s website, http://ourvalley.org/television-show-about-rare-coin-films-in-salem/