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

1912-S 5C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
3875
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
238,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$37,375 • PCGS MS66 • 1-3-2012 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 5,000 R-4.0 1 / 32 TIE 1 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 1,500 R-4.8 14 / 32 TIE 14 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 250 R-6.6 11 / 32 TIE 11 / 33 TIE
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1 MS66 PCGS grade
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Heritage 1/2012:3085, $37,375

1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
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Heritage 1/2012:3085, $37,375

1 MS66 PCGS grade
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1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
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1 MS66 PCGS grade  

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.