1912 5C AU58 Certification #19434227, PCGS #3873

Owner's Comments

D & J Rare Coins

Expert Comments

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.

PCGS #
3873
Designer
Charles E. Barber
Edge
Plain
Diameter
21.20 millimeters
Weight
5.00 grams
Mintage
26234569
Metal
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Pop Higher
1683
Pop Lower
126
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 135000 R-1.9 31 / 32 TIE 32 / 33 TIE
All Grades 5000 R-4.0 32 / 32 32 / 33
60 or Better 750 R-5.5 24 / 32 TIE 24 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 135000
All Grades 5000
60 or Better 750
65 or Better R-1.9
All Grades R-4.0
60 or Better R-5.5
65 or Better 31 / 32 TIE
All Grades 32 / 32
60 or Better 24 / 32 TIE
65 or Better 32 / 33 TIE
All Grades 32 / 33
60 or Better 24 / 33 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail 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
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade
PCGS #3873 (MS)     66 #2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade