1909 5C AU58+ Certification #31938677, PCGS #3870

Owner's Comments

Northern Nevada Coin CAC

Expert Comments

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.

 

PCGS #
3870
Designer
Charles E. Barber
Edge
Plain
Diameter
21.20 millimeters
Weight
5.00 grams
Mintage
11585763
Metal
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Pop Higher
645
Pop Lower
131
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 70000 R-2.3 21 / 32 TIE 21 / 33 TIE
All Grades 1250 R-4.9 9 / 32 TIE 9 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 11 / 32 TIE 11 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 70000
All Grades 1250
60 or Better 250
65 or Better R-2.3
All Grades R-4.9
60 or Better R-6.6
65 or Better 21 / 32 TIE
All Grades 9 / 32 TIE
60 or Better 11 / 32 TIE
65 or Better 21 / 33 TIE
All Grades 9 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 11 / 33 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
MS66+ PCGS grade #1 MS66+ PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade