Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 26,234,569
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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1912 5C MS obverse 1912 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The 1912 nickels of all three mints tend to be a bit mushy overall, with sharp strikes being quite rare. Since the proofs are quite sharp, this deficiency was probably not in the master dies, but it may have been that some of the working hubs used to make working dies were not fully impressed.

This date is plentiful across all grades through MS 65, though even the latter may be a bit poorly struck. Collectors should do some comparison shopping to find a piece that has both the desired grade and superior technical qualities.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/25/2014

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1912 5C MS
Base $ 2.00 2.75 4.50 13.75 32.00 32.00 60.00 62.50 65.00 77.50 85.00 90.00 100.00 140 220 525 1550 - - - -
$ 35.00 64.00 67.50 70.00 82.50 90.00 100.00 110 155 245 965 4400 - -
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Total Graded: 1064
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66

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10/2/2006 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 107, 112/Lot# 172 $161.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2523 $575.00
4/29/2012 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131219/Lot# 24051 $74.00
10/17/2012 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24325 $164.50
10/28/2012 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/28/2012, 46/Lot# 80669 $46.33
12/17/2012 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 3400, 3400/Lot# 1503 $58.00
4/21/2013 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131318/Lot# 28088 $66.00
6/9/2013 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131325/Lot# 23039 $51.00
2/2/2014 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131406/Lot# 20093 $158.63

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