Rare Coin Gets Big Bucks

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It cost a lot more than a nickel to buy this half dime. A 1792 half dime that's believed to be one of the first coins minted by the United States has been sold at auction in Columbus, Ohio, for more than one-point-three (M) million dollars.

Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries conducted last night's sale. Heritage officials say the winning bidder is a private collector who wants to remain anonymous.

The coin is considered to be in excellent condition. It was thought to have been struck on silver provided by George Washington. It depicts a female Liberty figure with flowing hair on the front and an eagle on the back.

Two worn 1792 half dimes also were sold for 14-thousand-950 and 69-thousand dollars, respectively.