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

1912 5C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
3873
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
26,234,569
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$5,875 • PCGS MS66+ • 1-7-2015 • 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 135,000 R-1.9 31 / 32 TIE 32 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 5,000 R-4.0 32 / 32 32 / 33
65 or Better 750 R-5.5 24 / 32 TIE 24 / 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
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2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
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2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  

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.