About the size of a modern quarter-dollar, this 1794-dated penny with tiny stars engraved around the back rim was sold for $632,500 by Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas, Texas, on Feb. 15. Owned by Burbank, Calif., aerospace industry executive, Walter J. Husak, it was part of a $10.7 million auction of 300 of his early American pennies.

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(AP/Heritage Auction Galleries)