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When is a nickel worth $2.5 million?

A 1913 Liberty Head nickel, one of only five known to exist, is expected to bring $2.5 million to its Virginia owners when it is auctioned off in Chicago in late April. The five coins were illegally cast by a Philadelphia mint official in the year that the Indian Head, or Buffalo nickel, replaced the Liberty Head. The official then waited seven years, until the statute of limitations rendered him safe, to sell the coins. The nickel being auctioned had become separated from the others and was only verified as authentic in recent years.

Whatever happened to the Costa Concordia?

On Jan. 13, 2012, Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground and capsized of the coast of the Island of Giglio. Thirty-two people died. More than a year later, the ship is still in the same place, trapped where it had capsized. And the ship's captain, Francesco Schettino, is still awaiting indictments stemming from the incident. More than $400 million is needed to complete the salvage operation, and work on the project won't continue until fall.

Who will win Sunday's Super Bowl?

The Baltimore Ravens haven't yet met the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, but has already played the game 50,000 times. The computer simulations of the matchup don't offer much hope for Ravens fans. The 49ers won 66.9 percent of the 50,000 games, outscoring Baltimore by an average of seven points. The machine isn't infallible, but it did correctly pick the Super Bowl victor in seven of the last nine championship games.

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By the staff of
The Washington Examiner