'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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4. Is there more than one story per segment?

Within each episode the focus is a single family but we do go back in many cases several generations. We might give comparables for example in our premiere episode The Black Swamp Baseball Card find of other card collections that sold for comparison but when you have an inheritance like that which if sold all at once would crash the entire baseball card collection according to Heritage Auction house there's plenty to explore.

5. What qualifies an inheritance to be “strange”?

We have an amusement park inheritance, both Bonnie and Clyde's death car guns, a rare Native American art collection and a classic car collection totaling more than 3000 cars. We also have two out of work actors who inherited a million dollar farm in Illinois from a hermit they never met but was obviously a fan. Each in their own way is strange!

6. How did you learn about the story of the legacy of the George Walton 1913 Liberty Head 5-cent coin?

I've always been interested in coins and when I read about George Walton, his collection and tragic passing I was determined to learn more. Meeting the heir of this rare 1913 Liberty head nickel, learning that it had sat in a shoebox marked "fake do not sell" for decades blew my mind. Attending my first coin show as well and talking to several coin collectors and experts gave me incredible insight into the importance of coin collecting too. I'd always as a practicing attorney advised clients to diversify their holdings to include "hard" assets like art, real estate and gold and silver. I feel even stronger about that investing approach now.

7. What about the story intrigued you?

That if the secret service after declaring this nickel a fake hadn't returned it the fifth Liberty head nickel known to exist might never have been found. Also, that once it was returned to the family and told it was fake it didn't just end up in a coin jar or purse and get spent at the grocery store!

8.  What did you learn in your research about the 1913 Liberty Head 5-cent coin in general, and the Walton coin in particular?

That a rogue reserve employee had access to make the coins in the first place. That originally the five made were held together and that the collection was then split up. That a five cent piece can actually be worth millions. I still can't believe that!

9. Who did you interview for the Feb. 2 segment?

We interviewed Ryan Givens the heir who inherited the nickel in Roanoke where he lives, Paul Montgomery and coin expert who wrote a book about the 1913 Walton nickel, Mason Adams a newspaper reporter who had covered the story in Roanoke and Jeff Garrett the coin dealer who bought the nickel at auction.

10. What made you want to devote the entire segment to the Walton coin?

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