Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 238,000
Catalog: KM-112
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.00 Grams
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1912 S 5C MS obverse 1912 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is the only S-Mint Liberty Head Nickel and a key date in the series. It has by far the smallest mintage, but because these coins were still circulating when coin boards became popular in the 1930s, worn examples have survived in disproportionate numbers. The higher-mintage 1885 and 1886 nickels are thus more rare across most grades.

The entire production was struck in four days---December 24 and 26-28. On that last date, the first 1912 S nickel coined was used to pay the first fare on San Francisco's new Municipal Railway. The celebrated passenger was Mayor James Rolph, and the coin was presented to the city treasurer for preservation, but it disappeared from the treasurer's office many years ago.

Gems are rare for this issue, the number shown being perhaps higher than normal due to multiple submissions of the same coin. This is a frequent occurrence with key dates. The typical 1912 S nickel is softly struck in the hair above Liberty's forehead and at the lower left of the wreath. A fully struck example may not exist, as the obverse weakness seems to have been caused by an incomplete transfer from the hub.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/25/2014

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1912 S 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 145 195 255 530 975 975 1250 1350 1450 1625 1750 1800 2100 2400 3075 5550 19000 - - - -
$ 1100 1350 1450 1550 1725 1800 1900 2250 2900 3525 7350 46750 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1176
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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4/27/2014 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1204/Lot# 3257
4/27/2014 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1204/Lot# 3255
4/27/2014 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1204/Lot# 3253
4/27/2014 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1204/Lot# 3254


Auction Prices Realized

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7/27/2002 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2002 July New York, NY Signature Sale #296, 296/Lot# 6418 $2,530.00
9/21/2009 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7167 $5,290.00
5/29/2011 PCGS   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 177 $184.00
12/4/2011 PCGS G 6   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/04/2011, 147/Lot# 10207 $154.00
9/11/2012 PCGS G 6   Teletrade Auction 3345, 3345/Lot# 1034 $116.00
11/25/2012 NGC VG 10   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131249/Lot# 26670 $129.25
8/30/2013 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3055 $2,291.25
12/5/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1192/Lot# 3249 $2,585.00
2/3/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1202/Lot# 3317 $2,115.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1912 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base39843951764210211505157818431961201720792147221225612648303839946139648995901104912665
41146555876811821529166618821979203721012168232825902778335647096255752210076115870
00000016661882197920372101216823282590277833564709625575221007600
00000017541921199820582124219024442619290836755424637285561056200
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Grade: MS 66*
Points: 6255
Owner: NMK8104
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 3038
Owner: Old Pueblo Collection
 
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