Hawaii Five-O: Season 6, Episode 14

The $100,000 Nickel (11 Dec. 1973)

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A rare 1913 Liberty Head nickel, one of only five ever made, is to be auctioned at a coin show held at the Ilikai Hotel. European master criminal Eric Damien gets con artist and ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dan Williams
Al Harrington ...
Kam Fong ...
Hildy Brooks ...
Millie Price
Eugene Troobnick ...
Arnie Price
James Grahlmann ...
Harry Endo ...
Herman Wedemeyer ...
Robert Costa ...
Johann Strasser ...
Eric Damien


A rare 1913 Liberty Head nickel, one of only five ever made, is to be auctioned at a coin show held at the Ilikai Hotel. European master criminal Eric Damien gets con artist and sleight-of-hand expert, Arnie Price, freed from jail so that he can switch a cleverly-made fake with the original before the auction. But things do not go as planned, as Price, fearing capture, tries to dispose of the nickel in a news rack, and the chase is on to recover the nickel before anyone else finds it. Written by aldanoli

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11 December 1973 (USA)  »

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Other rare coins and their values depicted in this episode are: 1879 four-dollar gold Stella - $18,000; Octagonal 1915 Panama-Pacific Expo $50 gold - $15,000; Round 1915 Panama-Pacific Expo $50 gold - $15,000; 1796 Silver Dollar - $20,000; 1975 Liberty Cap gold Eagle - $12,000 See more »


Chin Ho is trailing Damien's car, with McGarret and Williams in another car some distance away. After the car crashes, McGarret and Williams arrive moments before Chin Ho. See more »

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My wife thought i was a bit TOO PICKY< BUT I found several numismatic mists in this one...but it was entertaining.
13 April 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

If you are a coin collector (a 'numismatist'), you'll no doubt spot some problems with this episode. While I am not an avid coin collector, my brother is and spotted several problems with this otherwise entertaining episode. Now I should point out that my wife thought I was being a bit picky--but I still think that the show took a great premise and messed it up a bit due to silly technical glitches.

A scumbag (Victor Buono) has arranged for bail for a petty thief. It seems the thief is a sleight of hands expert and the scumbag has hired him to switch a counterfeit 1913 Liberty Head Nickle (one of the rarest US coins ever made) with a real one at a coin show. Well, the scheme works well at first but the thief ends up hiding the coin when the police show--and he spends most of the show trying to find it before Buono has his assassin friend kill him for losing it. However, what the greasy thief and his wife don't realize is that Buono is planning on killing them regardless! It's a neat idea for the show. But, the technical nut inside me noticed that when the engraver was making the fake coin, instead of two coins being used to make the single fake, SEVERAL were used--and it was obvious because the condition of the coins varied a lot in this initial scene (ranging from a fine to an uncirculated or almost uncirculated coin). Then, later, when the thief panicked when the police shutdown the show (just after he switched coins), he shoves the stolen coin into a newspaper machine--BUT his putting the coin in is shown in closeup and it's clearly a 1910 coin--not the super-valuable 1913. It's VERY noticeable when you watch the DVD, as the intro page shows this closeup! But, for the non-nutty person who is NOT obsessed with mistakes, it is entertaining and fun.

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