Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 238,000
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 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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Last Updated: 10/4/2019

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1912 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 145 180 260 640 1180 1480 1530 1550 1600 1630 1650 1750 1900 2050 2700 6000 - - - -
$ 1300 - - - - - - 1830 1980 2200 3000 19500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1546
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/18/2020 1912 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base3226429301469--1612282688290909----1546
---------------111----3
---------------811----10
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Total3226429301469--16122826882999211----1559
 0%14%28%19%3%1%--0%0%1%0%1%2%6%19%6%1%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1912 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base46348959774511791776182120092087217923022335236824642585278131264756649595901104912665
47252564689013781791188420352118222023132346240025042650289636695336752710076115880
00000018842035211822202313234624002504265028963669533675271007600
00000019462061214822612324235724322545271630114213591585581056300
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 5336
Owner: NMK8104
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3126
Owner: erwindoc
 
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