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Rare Gold Coin is No Small Change

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    The rare piece will be a part of the Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo.

    If only you could find one of these coins under the sofa cushions.

    A rare 130-year-old gold coin makes an appearance this weekend at the Santa Clara Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo in the Santa Clara Convention Center.

    Known as the "Stella" gold coin because of its five-pointed star design on the back, the unique piece is one of only 425 made as pattern or experimental pieces in 1879 at the Philadelphia Mint.

    It's about the size of a quarter and at the time it was made, was worth $4 but the Stella visiting this weekend is insured for about a million dollars.

    Visitors to the coin show are encouraged to bring their "scrap" gold, including jewelry and dental gold, to be evaluated for their worth.

    Now, think Mike Myers as Goldmember and imagine his excitement as he smiles and says "gooowld" upon seeing this beauty.