'Strange Inheritance' TV series features George Walton 1913 Liberty Head 5-cent coin

Show broadcasts Feb. 2 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on Fox Business Network
By , Coin World
Published : 01/30/15
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The Feb. 2 segment of Strange Inheritance, a new reality series broadcast on the Fox Business Network, will be devoted solely to the George Walton example of the 1913 Liberty Head 5-cent coin.

The show is to air at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. A video trailer appears below.

For the Feb. 2 segment, host Jamie Colby interviewed one of Walton's heirs, Ryan Givens, at his Roanoke, Va. home; Paul Montgomery, one of six numismatic experts that authenticated the coin at the American Numismatic Association's World's Fair of Money in Baltimore in 2003; Mason Adams, a newspaper reporter who covered the story locally in Roanoke; and Jeff Garrett, who, like Montgomery, was one of the authentication experts. 

Garrett, owner of Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries in Lexington, Ky., also became a minority owner in the coin when he placed the winning bid on behalf of himself and majority owner Larry Lee from Coin and Bullion Reserves, Panama City, Fla., when the family sold the coin.

The family auctioned the coin through Heritage Auctions on April 25, 2013, when it sold for $3,172,500. The price for the coin, certified Proof 63 by Professional Coin Grading Service, is the $2.7 million hammer price plus the 17.5 percent buyer’s fee.

Coin World asked Jamie Colby 12 questions about Strange Inheritance, the episode featuring the Walton coin, and her interest in coin collecting.

The following is text from that interview:

1. What is the premise of the new reality series Strange Inheritance?

At one time or another we all are given a family heirloom or inheritance or we may be the one to leave something special for our heirs. It occurred to us that there were an infinite number of these situations in America.  Now that folks have seen how odd some of the inheritances we've shown in the episodes of this original new show that have aired they are totally getting what the last eight months of my life shooting it was like! Different! Odd! Awesome!

2. How did the series develop?

Fox Business provides daily financial news to folks following it, working within that industry or everyday folks like the families I met on Strange Inheritance who are keeping an eye on their finances and financial future. Taking it a step further, we realized that beneficial or a burden, families all deal with inheritances. The stranger or more unexpected the bequest, the more fascinating the story.

3. How long is each segment?

Each family is the focus of a half hour of prime time TV on Fox Business. The show definitely goes a step further than other shows like Antiques Roadshow and American Pickers too. What we do is introduce viewers to the inheritance and the family giving and getting it but also where it came from, what it means for the family and I think most interesting what's is value is BOTH financially and to preserving a legacy. Whether it's a blood-stained civil war uniform sleeve, an alligator park, a nickel declared a fake that may actually be worth more than an heir ever imagined or ranchland once unearthed reveals what experts tell us is the greatest dinosaur find of our lifetime, there's a vast story to tell in each it was a challenge to fit it into a half hour!

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