1912-S 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 #:
3875
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
238,000
Mint:
San Francisco
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 5,000 R-4.0 1 / 32 TIE 1 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 1,500 R-4.8 14 / 32 TIE 14 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 250 R-6.6 11 / 32 TIE 11 / 33 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 5,000
60 or Better 1,500
65 or Better 250
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.0
60 or Better R-4.8
65 or Better R-6.6
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 1 / 32 TIE
60 or Better 14 / 32 TIE
65 or Better 11 / 32 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 1 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 14 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 11 / 33 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Richard Burdick - Douglas C. Kaselitz Collection - Stack's/Bowers 7/2015:5095, $32,900

1 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade

Dale Friend Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 3/2006:321, $25,300

3 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2012:3085, $37,375

3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Richard Burdick - Douglas C. Kaselitz Collection - Stack's/Bowers 7/2015:5095, $32,900

MS66+ PCGS grade #1 MS66+ PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade

Dale Friend Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 3/2006:321, $25,300

MS66 PCGS grade #3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2012:3085, $37,375

#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1912-S Liberty Head Nickel is the only date of this design struck at the San Francisco Mint. It has the lowest mintage of any regular-issue Liberty Head Nickel. At a total mintage of only 238,000 coins, the 1912-S Nickel is almost twice as rare as the 1909-S V.D.B. Cent. As a result, this is one of the most popular dates in the series. In reality, the 1912-S is nor more rare in Mint SAtate grades than many of the more common dates in the series. PCGS has certified hundreds of examples in MS-63, MS-64, and MS-65. Only in MS-66 does this date become truly rare; the population reported by PCGS drops down to only 10 examples, and none have been graded higher.

Almost all examples seen have weakness on the ear of corn on the left side of the reverse. Sometimes, the ear is completely flat. The overall appearance of the 1912-S is a bit softer than the crisp examples produced at the Philadelphia Mint, probably a result of technical differences and abilities at those two Mints. In any event, a truly high-grade 1912-S Nickel is a joy to behold.