Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 26,234,569
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
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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Last Updated: 7/6/2015

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1912 5C MS
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Base $ 2.00 2.75 4.50 13.75 32.00 60.00 62.50 65.00 77.50 85.00 90.00 100.00 140 220 550 1700 - - - -
$ 35.00 - - 70.00 82.50 - - 110 155 245 965 4400 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1164
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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12/13/1999 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1247, 1247/Lot# 1147 $141.70
7/18/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #46, 50/Lot# 231 $161.00
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1246 $373.75
1/9/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 9047 $188.00
1/19/2014 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131404/Lot# 26498 $70.00
5/12/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3481, 6030/Lot# 20113 $173.90
6/29/2014 NGC Details VG Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 175923 $125.00
7/4/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21134 $158.63


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