1912 5C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head Five Cents 1883-1912

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS #:
3873
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
26,234,569
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 135,000 R-1.9 31 / 32 TIE 32 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 5,000 R-4.0 32 / 32 32 / 33
65 or Better 750 R-5.5 24 / 32 TIE 24 / 33 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 135,000
60 or Better 5,000
65 or Better 750
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-1.9
60 or Better R-4.0
65 or Better R-5.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 31 / 32 TIE
60 or Better 32 / 32
65 or Better 24 / 32 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 32 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 32 / 33
65 or Better 24 / 33 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade PCGS #3873 (MS)     66
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade
PCGS #3873 (MS)     66 #2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

This was the last year in which the Mint produced Liberty Head Nickels for circulation. In the scheme of things, the Nickel in 1912 was the second most popular denomination in terms of mintage. Only the Cent has a larger mintage, and after the Nickel, nothing else comes close. Whether collectors were aware that this was the last year of the type or not, sufficient examples were saved that all grades are common today. Only the most superb examples are scarce, and the best example certified to date is a single PCGS MS66+.

Quality control at the Philadelphia Mint was less than stellar in 1912, and most examples show weakness on some of the stars and on the ear of corn on the left side of the reverse. Finding a fully struck 1912 Nickel could prove to be a real challenge.