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NEVER judge a book by its cover, or a coin by its face value.

Certain coins gain and retain significant value over time, and collectors will pay top dollar for some coveted pieces.

5These five-cent pieces have sold for at least $250,000 at auction

Because of errors, low mintage, or age, many US coins have become exponentially more valuable than their denomination implies.

This includes a number of extremely rare nickels, which can sell for thousands or even millions despite technically being worth just five cents.

While President Thomas Jefferson has been featured on the nickel since 1938, no five-cent piece bearing his likeness has ever sold for more than $50,000, according to data from the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS).

Some of the most valuable nickels came from the Buffalo series, which saw the animal on the reverse, or tails side of the coin from 1913 to 1938.

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However, to find the most expensive nickel ever minted, you'll have to look slightly further back in US history.

1. 1913 Liberty Head nickel - $4,560,000 5The 1913 Liberty Head nickel was the last five-cent piece produced with this design before the US Mint started using the Buffalo coin

The 1913 Liberty Head nickels are among the best-known and most sought-after US coins in existence.

As the US Mint transitioned from the Liberty nickel series to Buffalo nickels in 1913, a handful of final Liberty coins were created with a 1913 mint year.

There are just five known examples of the coin, according to the PCGS.

Two are permanently in museum collections including one at the Smithsonian, leaving just three for collectors.

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In 2021, a collector netted more than $13million by selling a 1913 Liberty Head along with an 1804 dollar and an 1894 dime.

The highest standalone sale price for a 1913 Liberty Head nickel was $4.56million for a proof coin at auction in 2018, according to the PCGS.

2. 1918/17-D Nickel - $350,750 5The 1918 year marking is slightly distorted on this coin, meaning it's actually a rare misprint

A small number of nickels produced in Denver in 1918 contain an error that the US Mint tried to hide.

If you look closely at the year stamped onto the front of the coin, you may notice that the "8" in 1918 looks somewhat distorted.

The top of the number is flat instead of rounded, and the middle appears thicker than it should.

This is because the Mint mistakenly struck 1917 dates and punched the 1918 year over it. 

There are about 7,000 of these coins still in existence today, with around 6,900 of them in circulation.

“The 1918/7-D is certainly the rarest coin in the Buffalo nickel series and it is one of the most important coins of the 20th Century,” former PCGS President David Hall wrote. 

At a 2006 auction tracked by PCGS, one of these coins in mint condition sold for $350,750.

3. 1926-S Buffalo Nickel - $322,000 5The tiny mark beneath the words "five cents" is an S, indicating this coin was made in San Francisco

More than 50million nickels were minted in the US in 1926.

The vast majority - around 44million - were minted in Philadelphia, and another 5.6million were made in Denver.

But at the San Francisco Mint, just 970,000 1926 nickels were made, and just 11,000 still exist today, according to PCGS.

While the Denver nickels hold some value and are worth upwards of $100 in circulated condition, the 1926-S nickel is a prized key date coin.

A 1926-S coin in mint state sold for a record $322,000 at an auction in 2008, and circulated variations of the coin can sell for up to $5,000.

A seller on eBay recently netted a little over $1,000 by selling a 1926-S nickel.

4. 1916 doubled die Buffalo nickel - $276,000 5This coin does not have a mintmark showing where it was produced, but it was made at the Philadelphia Mint

Like the 1918 nickel, some variations of the 1916 Buffalo five-cent piece contain errors.

While the 1918 piece had the wrong year initially stamped on it, the 1916 nickel had the correct year mark, but it was stamped in two places.

Coin dies - the metal pieces used to imprint emblems on coins - typically strike coins multiple times to ingrain the image or text.

Because of misaligned die strikes, the letters, numbers, and images on some coins look as if they were stamped on twice in slightly different spots.

These doubled die errors make coins immensely valuable, as usually only a small number of coins are affected when an error occurs.

More than 15,000 1916 nickels minted in Philadelphia still exist, but only about 400 have doubled die errors, according to PCGS.

Even in poor condition, these coins are worth at least $2,000, and they can sell for more than $50,000 in circulated condition.

Uncirculated variations of the nickel sell for hundreds of thousands, including a record $276,000 sale in 2008 for a 1926 doubled die coin in mint condition.

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We also listed the most valuable dollar coins,

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Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez’s life of luxury, from lavishing each other with SUVs to £600k diamonds and £140 SOCKS

CRISTIANO Ronaldo knows how to sparkle on the football pitch - but he's a diamond geezer off it too.

In 2020, the superstar forked out a whopping £615,000 on a rumoured engagement ring for girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez - which would make it the most expensive band ever given to a WAG.

19Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez often pose for glam pictures with each otherCredit: Instagram @cristiano

Of course, it's far from the first time the footie legend - reportedly worth £350million - has lavished presents on the Spanish-Argentine model.

Georgina, 28, has been treated to a life of luxury during their romance - enjoying designer shopping sprees and far-flung holidays on huge private yachts.

And with an enviable £80k allowance each month, she's been all too happy to return the favour too - famously treating her man to a gift-wrapped Mercedes SUV for his birthday.

Here, we take a look at some of the couple's most extravagant purchases over the years - and just how they spend their incredible wealth.

Read more in sportTRANSFER NEWS Chelsea in Frenkie de Jong £59m plus Alonso bid, Cristiano Ronaldo future 19Ronaldo's G-wagon came gift wrapped by Georgina for his 35th birthdayCredit: BackGrid Gift-wrapped Mercedes 4x4 for birthday treat

For Cristiano's 35th birthday, Georgina treated her beau to a gift wrapped Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon 4X4, which has a basic starting price of £93,000 and a top speed of up to 136.7mph. 

The pricey motor came with a gigantic huge red bow, while close family and friends sang to him during the unveiling, which was filmed on camera. 

Posting to her Instagram account, Georgina wrote to her millions of followers: "Congratulations to the man of my life! What do you want to transport our love in? Your gift @cristinao #happybirthday." 

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The Portuguese international is well known for his love of cars and owns a ridiculous garage including a Rolls-Royce Cullian and Phantom, a Bugatti Veyron, three Ferraris, an Aston Martin DB9, a Bentley GT Speed and a Lamborghini Aventador.

His total collection is said to be worth more than £16million.

19The footballer loves his cars as much as the beautiful game, it would seemCredit: Instagram £140 socks and Prada spending sprees

Georgina's not afraid to show off her incredible figure and last summer posed in gear worth as much as £2,565 - during a relaxing break in Italy on her beau's luxury £15m holiday yacht. 

The sporty ensemble was bought from Prada and her socks alone cost £140, along with £510 shorts, £705 shoes, and a pricey £1,120 leather jacket.

The total price came to £2,565 - small change to Ronaldo who reportedly joined the exclusive sports billionaire club, alongside the likes of Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather, and Michael Jordan. 

Posting the shot to her Instagram account, Georgina - who often takes to the red carpet in gorgeous designer gowns - simply captioned the sexy snap with three sailing emojis.  

19Ronaldo's fiance wowed in her expensive number - worth more than £2,000Credit: Instagram 19Georgina's not afraid to show off her incredible figure in expensive gownsCredit: The Mega Agency The £2.6k trendy pet cat

In 2018, Cristano splashed out on a bald Sphynx cat which reportedly cost a claw-dropping £2,600. 

19Whilst the Sphynx cat is not your average tabby, it certainly caught Georgina's eyeCredit: Instagram

The star's girlfriend posted a picture of the family pet, which is considered to be a 'prestigious feline', to her Instagram account alongside her family. 

Sphynx cats are well-known for being hugely energetic and demanding of human attention - so perfectly matched with Cristiano himself, really. 

£1million timepieces - with over 400 diamonds 19The footballer regularly shares pictures of him with his blinging watches Credit: Instagram

The Man Utd footballer sports accessories that are as flashy as his footwork - once wowing fans by showing off a £371,000 Rolex watch last month.

The Rolex GMT Master is covered in diamonds and is an 18-karat white gold timekeeper.

19The Juventus superstar proudly showed off a £1.8m luxury watch Credit: Reuters 19The diamond encrusted piece is certainly not for the faint-heartedCredit: Reuters

However, it pales in comparison to the £1.8million timepiece he's previously been spotted with.

During the Champions League draw in 2020, he was clocked wearing a Jacob & Co Caviar watch encrusted with more than 400 diamonds.

It's a fitting piece for a man said to be the world's second highest-earning sportsman over the last decade - he is thought to only be surpassed by Floyd Mayweather who has earned more than £667million over that time.

Splashing £27k on booze... in 15 minutes 19The couple leaving Scott's in Mayfair... after racking up quite the billCredit: Splash News 19This Burgundy sets punters back £18,000

Big spending's no biggie for the couple, but to splurge almost £30k in 15 minutes is a pretty impressive feat.

Four years ago, they racked up a £27k bill in Mayfair restaurant Scott's, a regular haunt for celebs and footballers.

Scott's apparently does not feature the Burgundy Richebourg Grand Cru wine on the menu as the stock is so low, however, one bottle can cost around £18,000 and is only offered to special guests.

It was accompanied with a bottle of a 1982 vintage Bordeaux, which reportedly set Cristiano back £9,000.

The couple were with a group of pals, but apparently only sat at the bar for 15 minutes before leaving - rushing off to see the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena.

Handbags and gladrags

Georgina loves to show off her extensive handbag in her Instagram posts, including a £146,000 crocodile Birkin bag she took for a dinner in Porto.

19The beauty posing in sports-brand Kappa with a black handbagCredit: Refer to Caption

Even when the stylish mum is travelling she still has her handbags to hand - snapping herself on a plane sporting both a £625 Prada and a £48,000 Burkin.

Cristiano clearly knows the way to Georgina's heart, as he was spotted designer handbag shopping when things were heating up between the pair.

Lush holidays aboard his £5.5m yacht 19The football star purchased this luxury yacht for a cool £5.5m in 2021 19The yacht boasts an impressive five cabins as well as six stunning bathrooms

The superstar couple always travel in style and love nothing more than kicking back on CR7's luxury yacht which he purchased for a cool £5.5million last year.

The high-end vessel - named the Azimut Grande - is 88-feet long, made from carbon fibre and is capable of reaching up to 28 knots thanks to its two 1,900 horsepower engines.

19Yahcts upon yachts can be seen docked behind CR7's vessel Credit: Instagram

The yacht also boasts an impressive five cabins as well as six stunning bathrooms and also has a modern kitchen as well as relaxation rooms and a huge lounge and a lavish dining room.

19They often document their yachting adventures on Instagram Credit: Refer to Caption 19The couple love to get away from things out on the oceanCredit: Instagram 19Georgina showing off her stunning figure on the high-end boat

The footballer was able to travel privately with his family on the boat as they all enjoyed time together along the Tyrrhenian sea, just off the western coast of Italy.

In June 2020, Georgina flaunted her figure on the vessel and raised temperatures by showing off her bikini body with a sexy Instagram snap.

19Rodriguez often shows off her stunning body via Instagram whilst on holidayCredit: Instagram Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning Wag Georgina Rodriguez stuns as she attends Venice Film Festival

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