Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5
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
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Description & Analysis

Entire books have been written about this famed coin, of which only five pieces were struck. Though no one questions that the 1913 Liberty Head Nickels were coined at the Philadelphia Mint using genuine dies, the fact remains that there was no authorization for such a coinage. All nickels dated 1913 were to be of the new Indian Head/Bison type, yet one or more persons were involved in the clandestine production of five proofs from a single pair of dies.

These were first revealed to the numismatic community in 1920, an advertisement seeking such coins having been placed the previous year as a cover story to account for their existence. A few years later, all five were acquired by millionaire collector Edward H. R. Green. Six years after Green's death in 1936, the five were placed individually with various new owners, and their provenances have continued to grow ever since. The whereabouts of one specimen was unknown from 1962 until 2003, when it resurfaced. The example illustrated is the Eliasberg Specimen, and in 1996 it became the first United States coin to sell for a million dollars.

Two of the five are now impounded in museum collections, leaving only three in the marketplace. The sale of a 1913 Liberty Head Nickel is always a major event and often sets yet another record price.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64


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3/9/2001 NGC PF 66   Superior $1,840,000.00
1/25/2004 NGC PF 66   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1664 $3,105.00
1/6/2010 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 2455 $3,737,500.00
4/24/2013 PCGS PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1184/Lot# 4153 $3,172,500.00
1/8/2014 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5161 $3,290,000.00


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NGC Registry Score 1913 LIBERTY 5C PF
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