Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 8,474,000
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
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1912 D 5C MS obverse 1912 D 5C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

Both the San Francisco and Denver Mints had been established for the coining of gold and silver exclusively, with minor coinage limited to Philadelphia. But as these coins gained greater currency in the West, legislation was passsed in 1906 permitting both facilities to strike minor coins and authorizing funding for the same.

The Denver mintage of nickels was small in comparison to that of Philadelphia, but circulated examples are fairly common in lower grades. The popularity of coin boards, introduced in 1935, saw to that. Mint State survivors are much more scarce, but not truly rare. The typical 1912-D nickel is less than fully struck, particularly in the hair at Liberty's forehead.

Surprisingly, not a single repunched mintmark variety is known for this issue.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/31/2015

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1912 D 5C MS
Base $ 7.50 10.00 18.00 37.00 77.00 170 185 210 275 320 350 450 635 2275 5500 17750 - - -
$ 85.00 - - 225 285 - 380 525 970 2500 7900 - -

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Total Graded: 778
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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5/28/2008 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 7642 $230.00
1/6/2010 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 503 $3,450.00
11/3/2010 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2954, 2954/Lot# 1185 $1,667.50
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 859 $575.00
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24326 $179.78
2/10/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/10/2013, 61/Lot# 99844 $390.50
1/8/2014 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1201/Lot# 3771 $1,527.50
3/30/2014 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 797, 806/Lot# 314 $1,605.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1912 D 5C MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 1345
Owner: Jason Colinger
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1345
Owner: redbird97
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