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Liberty Head (1883 - 1913)

In early 1883, the nickel design was changed to the Liberty Head. This type first appeared without the word CENTS on the coin, merely a large letter V. Some of these “CENTS-less” coins were gold plated and passed for $5. Later in that year the word CENTS was added to discourage the fraudulent practice.

Five 1913 Liberty Head nickels were originally owned by Colonel E.H.R. Green (son of the famous Hetty Green). These have since been dispersed and are now held in various public and private collections. These were not a regular issue and were never placed in circulation.

Liberty Head (1883 - 1913)
1883 | 1883 - 1913

Variety 1, Without CENTS (1883)

Coin Attributes

  • Design Years: 1883
    Designer: Charles E. Barber
    Weight: 5.000 grams
    Diameter:21.2 mm
    Composition:
    • 0.7500 copper, 0.2500 nickel
    Edge: plain

Variety 2, With CENTS (1883 - 1913)

Coin Attributes

  • Design Years: 1883 - 1913
    Designer: Charles E. Barber
    Weight: 5.000 grams
    Diameter:21.2 mm
    Composition:
    • 0.7500 copper, 0.2500 nickel
    Edge: plain
Grade Price Guide
Circ|MS|PF
  • Description
  • Mintage
  • G-4 Good. Good. No details in head. LIBERTY obliterated.
  • VG-8 Very Good. Very Good. Some letters in LIBERTY legible.
  • F-12 Fine. Fine. All letters in LIBERTY legible.
  • VF-20 Very Fine. Very Fine. LIBERTY bold, including letter L.
  • EF-40 Extremely Fine. Extremely Fine. LIBERTY sharp. Corn grains at bottom of wreath visible on reverse.
  • AU-50 About Uncirculated. About Uncirculated. Traces of light wear on only the high points of the design. Half of mint luster present.
  • MS-60 Uncirculated. Uncirculated. No trace of wear, but many contact marks possible. Surface may be spotted, or luster faded.
  • MS-63 Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated. No trace of wear. Light blemishes.
  • MS-64 Very Choice Unc.. Very Choice Unc..
  • MS-65 Gem Uncirculated. Gem Uncirculated.
  • MS-66 Gem Unc.. Gem Unc..
  • PF-63 Choice Proof. Choice Proof.
  • PF-64 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
  • PF-65 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
  • PF-66 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
  • PF-66Cam Proof. Proof.
  • 1883, No Cents
  • 5,474,300
    • Description
    • Mintage
    • G-4 Good. Good. No details in head. LIBERTY obliterated.
    • VG-8 Very Good. Very Good. Some letters in LIBERTY legible.
    • F-12 Fine. Fine. All letters in LIBERTY legible.
    • VF-20 Very Fine. Very Fine. LIBERTY bold, including letter L.
    • EF-40 Extremely Fine. Extremely Fine. LIBERTY sharp. Corn grains at bottom of wreath visible on reverse.
    • AU-50 About Uncirculated. About Uncirculated. Traces of light wear on only the high points of the design. Half of mint luster present.
    • MS-60 Uncirculated. Uncirculated. No trace of wear, but many contact marks possible. Surface may be spotted, or luster faded.
    • MS-63 Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated. No trace of wear. Light blemishes.
    • MS-64 Very Choice Unc.. Very Choice Unc..
    • MS-65 Gem Uncirculated. Gem Uncirculated.
    • MS-66 Gem Unc.. Gem Unc..
    • PF-63 Choice Proof. Choice Proof.
    • PF-64 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
    • PF-65 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
    • PF-66 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
    • PF-66Cam Proof. Proof.
    • 1884
    • 11,270,000
      • 1885

        1885

        Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1885
        Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1885
      • 1,472,700
      • 550
      • 1886
      • 3,326,000
        • 1887
        • 15,260,692
          • 1888
          • 10,167,901
            • 1889
            • 15,878,025
              • 1890
              • 16,256,532
                • 1891

                  1891

                  Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1891
                  Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1891
                • 16,832,000
                • 7
                • 1892

                  1892

                  Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1892
                  Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1892
                • 11,696,897
                • 6
                • 1893

                  1893

                  Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1893
                  Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1893
                • 13,368,000
                • 6
                • 1894

                  1894

                  Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1894
                  Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1894
                • 5,410,500
                • 20
                • 1895

                  1895

                  Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1895
                  Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1895
                • 9,977,822
                • 6
                • 1896

                  1896

                  Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1896
                  Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1896
                • 8,841,058
                • 9
                • 1897
                • 20,426,797
                  • 1898
                  • 12,530,292
                    • 1899
                    • 26,027,000
                      • 1900
                      • 27,253,733
                        • 1901

                          1901

                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1901
                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1901
                        • 26,478,228
                        • 2
                        • 1902

                          1902

                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1902
                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1902
                        • 31,487,561
                        • 2
                        • 1903

                          1903

                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1903
                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1903
                        • 28,004,935
                        • 2
                        • 1904

                          1904

                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1904
                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1904
                        • 21,403,167
                        • 2
                        • 1905

                          1905

                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1905
                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1905
                        • 29,825,124
                        • 2
                        • 1906

                          1906

                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1906
                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1906
                        • 38,612,000
                        • 2
                        • 1907

                          1907

                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1907
                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1907
                        • 39,213,325
                        • 2
                        • 1908

                          1908

                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1908
                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1908
                        • 22,684,557
                        • 2
                        • 1909

                          1909

                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1909
                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1909
                        • 11,585,763
                        • 3
                        • 1910

                          1910

                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1910
                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1910
                        • 30,166,948
                        • 2
                        • 1911

                          1911

                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1911
                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1911
                        • 39,557,639
                        • 2
                        • 1912

                          1912

                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1912
                          Mintmark Location
                        • 26,234,569
                        • 2
                        • 1912D

                          1912D

                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1912D
                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1912D
                        • 8,474,000
                        • 3
                        • 1912S

                          1912S

                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1912S
                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1912S
                        • 238,000
                        • 175
                        • Description
                        • Mintage
                        • G-4
                        • VG-8
                        • F-12
                        • VF-20
                        • EF-40
                        • AU-50
                        • MS-60
                        • MS-63
                        • MS-64
                        • MS-65
                        • MS-66
                        • PF-63
                        • PF-64
                        • PF-65
                        • PF-66
                        • PF-66Cam
                        • 1883, No Cents
                        • 5,474,300
                          • 1884
                          • 11,270,000
                            • 1885

                              1885

                              Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1885
                              Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1885
                            • 1,472,700
                            • 550
                            • 1886
                            • 3,326,000
                              • 1887
                              • 15,260,692
                                • 1888
                                • 10,167,901
                                  • 1889
                                  • 15,878,025
                                    • 1890
                                    • 16,256,532
                                      • 1891

                                        1891

                                        Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1891
                                        Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1891
                                      • 16,832,000
                                      • 7
                                      • 1892

                                        1892

                                        Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1892
                                        Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1892
                                      • 11,696,897
                                      • 6
                                      • 1893

                                        1893

                                        Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1893
                                        Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1893
                                      • 13,368,000
                                      • 6
                                      • 1894

                                        1894

                                        Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1894
                                        Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1894
                                      • 5,410,500
                                      • 20
                                      • 1895

                                        1895

                                        Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1895
                                        Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1895
                                      • 9,977,822
                                      • 6
                                      • 1896

                                        1896

                                        Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1896
                                        Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1896
                                      • 8,841,058
                                      • 9
                                      • 1897
                                      • 20,426,797
                                        • 1898
                                        • 12,530,292
                                          • 1899
                                          • 26,027,000
                                            • 1900
                                            • 27,253,733
                                              • 1901

                                                1901

                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1901
                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1901
                                              • 26,478,228
                                              • 2
                                              • 1902

                                                1902

                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1902
                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1902
                                              • 31,487,561
                                              • 2
                                              • 1903

                                                1903

                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1903
                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1903
                                              • 28,004,935
                                              • 2
                                              • 1904

                                                1904

                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1904
                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1904
                                              • 21,403,167
                                              • 2
                                              • 1905

                                                1905

                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1905
                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1905
                                              • 29,825,124
                                              • 2
                                              • 1906

                                                1906

                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1906
                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1906
                                              • 38,612,000
                                              • 2
                                              • 1907

                                                1907

                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1907
                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1907
                                              • 39,213,325
                                              • 2
                                              • 1908

                                                1908

                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1908
                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1908
                                              • 22,684,557
                                              • 2
                                              • 1909

                                                1909

                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1909
                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1909
                                              • 11,585,763
                                              • 3
                                              • 1910

                                                1910

                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1910
                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1910
                                              • 30,166,948
                                              • 2
                                              • 1911

                                                1911

                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1911
                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1911
                                              • 39,557,639
                                              • 2
                                              • 1912

                                                1912

                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1912
                                                Mintmark Location
                                              • 26,234,569
                                              • 2
                                              • 1912D

                                                1912D

                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1912D
                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1912D
                                              • 8,474,000
                                              • 3
                                              • 1912S

                                                1912S

                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1912S
                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Liberty Head (1883 - 1913) 1912S
                                              • 238,000
                                              • 175
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