Ron Guth: 1909 saw a precipitous drop in the mintage of the Liberty Head Nickels -- to a level that had not been seen since the late 1890s. Even so, the mintage is large enough (11+ million coins) to make this a common date, though it sells for a tiny premium across most grade levels. As usual for this time period, the highest certified grades for this date stop at the MS66 level, and PCGS has certified only one MS66+ as their finest.
A look at the images above, where we illustrate six of the ten finest-known examples reveals the character of the 1909 Nickel. Most are very nicely struck, with nearly full details, and each possesses clean surfaces with exceptional luster ranging from frosty to brilliant. These qualities should be an attainable goal.