Liberty “V”

In all but a few cases, the mintages for the Liberty Head Nickel occurred in relatively high numbers. Most issues of the series with the exception of three remain relatively available for collectors. This is a contrast to the previous Shield Nickels, which saw mintage levels much more varied, including several years where coins were struck only in proof format. 

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Charles E. Barber designed the Liberty Nickel. His design featured the head of Liberty on the obverse. She wears a crown and has wheat and cotton woven into her hair with thirteen stars around. The reverse includes a large Roman numeral “V”, which was originally the only indication of the value of the coin. Part of the way through the first year of issue, the word “CENTS” was added. Remaining inscriptions are “United States of America” and “E Pluribus Unum”.

For the Liberty Nickel series:

  • There are 33 different regular issues of the series. This includes the “without cents” and “with cents” varieties of the first year.
  • Production took place at three different mints, although the Denver and San Francisco Mint only struck coins in the final year.
  • The average mintage for a regular issue is 18,242,754.
  • The lowest mintage occurs for the 1912-S Liberty Nickel at 238,000, while the highest mintage occurs for the 1911 Liberty Nickel at 39,557,639.
  • The 1913 Liberty Nickel, which was illegally minted, is believed to have an original mintage of 5.

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Liberty Nickel Mintages

1883 without cents 5,474,300
1883 with cents 16,026,200
1884 11,270,000
1885 1,473,300
1886 3,326,000
1887 15,260,692
1888 10,715,901
1889 15,878,025
1890 16,256,532
1891 16,832,000
1892 11,696,897
1893 13,368,000
1894 5,410,500
1895 9,977,822
1896 8,841,048
1897 20,426,797
1898 12,530,292
1899 26,027,000
1900 27,253,733
1901 26,478,228
1902 31,487,581
1903 28,004,930
1904 21,403,167
1905 29,825,124
1906 38,612,000
1907 39,213,325
1908 22,684,557
1909 11,585,763
1910 30,166,948
1911 39,557,639
1912 26,234,569
1912-D 8,474,000
1912-S 238,000
1913 5 known

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