1912-S 5C AU58 Certification #32567519, PCGS #3875

Owner's Comments

Coin Gallery of Boca Raton

Expert Comments

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.

PCGS #
3875
Designer
Charles E. Barber
Edge
Plain
Diameter
21.20 millimeters
Weight
5.00 grams
Mintage
238000
Metal
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Pop Higher
975
Pop Lower
2143
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 5000 R-4.0 1 / 32 TIE 1 / 33 TIE
All Grades 1500 R-4.8 14 / 32 TIE 14 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 11 / 32 TIE 11 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 5000
All Grades 1500
60 or Better 250
65 or Better R-4.0
All Grades R-4.8
60 or Better R-6.6
65 or Better 1 / 32 TIE
All Grades 14 / 32 TIE
60 or Better 11 / 32 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 33 TIE
All Grades 14 / 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

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 MS66 PCGS grade

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

3 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
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
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