Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5
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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Description & Analysis

Entire books have been written about this famed coin, of which only five pieces were struck. Though no one questions that the 1913 Liberty Head Nickels were coined at the Philadelphia Mint using genuine dies, the fact remains that there was no authorization for such a coinage. All nickels dated 1913 were to be of the new Indian Head/Bison type, yet one or more persons were involved in the clandestine production of five proofs from a single pair of dies.

These were first revealed to the numismatic community in 1920, an advertisement seeking such coins having been placed the previous year as a cover story to account for their existence. A few years later, all five were acquired by millionaire collector Edward H. R. Green. Six years after Green's death in 1936, the five were placed individually with various new owners, and their provenances have continued to grow ever since. The whereabouts of one specimen was unknown from 1962 until 2003, when it resurfaced. The example illustrated is the Eliasberg Specimen, and in 1996 it became the first United States coin to sell for a million dollars.

Two of the five are now impounded in museum collections, leaving only three in the marketplace. The sale of a 1913 Liberty Head Nickel is always a major event and often sets yet another record price.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/28/2014

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 55

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/26/2021 1913 LIBERTY 5C PF
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1913 LIBERTY 5C PF CA
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