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(1883-1913) Liberty Head Nickel

CoinTrapTM Commentary: The Liberty Head Nickel coin features a prominent ‘V’ surrounded by a wreath on the reverse of the coin, earning this coin the nickname of the “V Nickel.” A large number of these nickels were produced by the US Mint, in large part to meet the increasing demand at the time of coin operated machines.

The Liberty Head nickel underwent various minor revisions during the course of its production.  Demand for the V nickel was consistent and at times downright heavy.  It is rumored that at times the U.S. Mint had to work 24 hours a day to meet the demand.

The key date for this coin is 1913.  While the 1913 Liberty Head Nickel was never officially produced, there are at least five known to exist.  Once of these sold in 2010 for nearly four million dollars. Ka-ching!

Coin Value: What is the value of your Liberty head nickel?  As one might expect, it depends. Nevertheless, the main factors that will determine the value or worth of your Liberty Head nickel are these: (1) your coin’s grade, (2) whether it is a proof coin (Deep Cameo or DCAM) having a mirror-like polished finish, (3) the mint mark (e.g., S for San Francisco, D for Denver, and either blank or P for Philadelphia), and (5) scarcity/demand. Regarding your coin’s grade, it has become a standard in the field of numismatics (coin collecting) to grade coins on a point-scale from 1 (poor) to 70 (perfect). This is also referred to as the “Mint State” or just “MS” for short. Click here to find the up-to-date estimated value of your Liberty Head nickel coin from the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS®), which takes the factors mentioned above into account*. If you do not know the grade of your Indian Liberty Head nickel coin, you can take it to your local coin dealer and ask that they have it graded at one of the three major coin grading services.

Liberty Head Nickel Coin Mint Years: 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1888, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913

Liberty Head Nickel - Obverse

Liberty Head Nickel - Reverse

Obverse - Liberty Head Nickel

Designer: Charles Barber

Reverse - Liberty Head Nickel

Designer: Charles Barber

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    Industrialist Joseph Wharton, a miner and producer of nickel metal, was influential in his lobbying for new coins based on the metal, which at least in part led the Mint to commission well-known engraver Charles Barber to produce a new set of coins, including the Liberty Head Nickel. The Liberty Head Nickel was put into circulation beginning in 1883.

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