Steven L. Contursi dropped the $8.5 million check onto the counter last week before handing it over - just to make sure it wouldn't bounce.
A coin collector paid a record $8.5 million for a set of rare coins said to have been a gift from former President Andrew Jackson to the King of Siam.
The King of Siam set has traveled from the hands of royalty to the descendants of a British governess to the world of rare-coin collecting.

Source: The New York Times
Bay Area residents can see legal tender taken to a whole new level this week, as coin and currency collectors from around the globe gather at San Francisco's Moscone Center for the World's Fair of Money.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle
The 1787 doubloon he purchased for nearly $3 million is on display at Long Beach Expo.

Source: Los Angeles Times
O.C. man pays $3 million for first U.S. gold coin.
The rare coin market is poised for a climb, Steven L. Contursi indicated as he made nearly $1.6 million of the total $5.3 million winning bids in an Oct. 29 auction in Las Vegas, Nev., by Bowers and Merena Galleries.
Currency experts say they have identified a 210-year-old silver dollar that could be the first one coined by the United States Mint.
A unique 1854 Kellogg and Co. $20 pioneer gold piece goes on display again in California, during the first three days of the Long Beach Coin, Stamp, and Collectibles Expo, Jan. 29 to Feb. 1, in the Long Beach Convention Center.
In March, Steve Contursi paid millions for one 1794 silver dollar and more for the collection it was in. But he thought the expensive and surprisingly shiny coin, 40 millimeters in diameter, might be something even better, something no one realized still existed.