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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/23/2017

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1912 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 145 190 260 530 1075 1350 1450 1575 1750 1800 1850 2000 2200 2550 3250 8250 - - - -
$ 1150 - - - - - - 2100 2350 2750 3350 22500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1412
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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5/30/2010 PCGS AU 50   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1246 $1,170.00
8/10/2011 PCGS VG 10   Teletrade Auction 3117, 3117/Lot# 1094 $172.50
1/29/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 666 $149.50
2/26/2012 NGC Details VG Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/26/2012, 9/Lot# 36455 $110.00
1/27/2013 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 736, 745/Lot# 4426 $4,300.00
7/27/2013 NGC MS 60   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1662 $1,116.25
7/6/2014 NGC Details F Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 202398 $135.00
7/20/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 30798 $152.75
10/29/2015 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1225/Lot# 3969 $1,527.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1912 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base39843951764210211505157818431961201720792147221225612648303839946139648995901104912665
41146555876811821529166618821979203721012168232825902778335647096255752210076115870
00000016661882197920372101216823282590277833564709625575221007600
00000017541921199820582124219024442619290836755424637285561056200
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 6255
Owner: NMK8104
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3994
Owner: erwindoc
 
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