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SERIES: Liberty Head Five Cents 1883-1912
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1909 5C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
3870
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
11,585,763
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$6,325 • PCGS MS66 • 9-1-2005 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 70,000 R-2.3 21 / 32 TIE 21 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 1,250 R-4.9 9 / 32 TIE 9 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 250 R-6.6 11 / 32 TIE 11 / 33 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  

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.