5 Cents “Liberty head Nickel” with “CENTS”, 1883-1913, Type 1.

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From late 1883 through 1912, Liberty nickels with CENTS were minted continuously, both as Proofs and business strikes. A rarity was created in 1885, when the business strike mintage dropped to slightly over 1.4 million, a tiny fraction of what it had been in earlier years. The next year, 1886, saw a production of only 3.3 million, thus also creating a scarce issue. In 1912, Liberty nickels were struck at branch mints for the first time. The 1912-D and 1912-S were both produced in relatively low quantities for the period, with the 1912-S registering just 238,000 coins.

DateMintageGoodFineExtremely FineUncirculated 
Liberty Head nickel 1883 Standard: 16 026 200
Proof: 6 783
$15,00$15,00$60,00$82,00
Liberty Head nickel 1884 Standard : 11 270 000
Proof: 3 942
$4,00$9,00
Liberty Head nickel 1885 (Very Rare)Standard : 1 472 700
Proof: 3 790
$500,00
Liberty Head nickel 1886 
Very Rare
Standard : 3 326 000
Proof: 4 290
Liberty Head nickel 1887 Standard : 15 260 692
Proof: 2 960
$1,50$15,00$15,00
Liberty Head nickel 1888 
Rare
Standard : 10 167 901
Proof: 4 582
$8,00$20,00
Liberty Head nickel 1889 Standard : 15 878 025
Proof: 3 336
$3,00$8,00$25,00
Liberty Head nickel 1890 Standard : 16 256 532
Proof: 2 740
$4,00$7,00$11,00
Liberty Head nickel 1891 Standard : 16 832 000
Proof: 2 350
$2,50$7,00
Liberty Head nickel 1892 Standard : 11 696 897
Proof: 2 745
$3,00$4,00€ 7.00
Liberty Head nickel 1893 Standard : 13 368 000
Proof: 2 195
$3,00$2,00$25,00
Liberty Head nickel 1894 Standard : 5 410 500
Proof: 2 632
$3,00
Liberty Head nickel 1895 Standard : 9 977 822
Proof: 2 062
$2,50$4,00$10,00
Liberty Head nickel 1896 Standard : 8 841 058
Proof: 1 862
$1,50$4,00$25,00
Liberty Head nickel 1897 Standard : 20 426 797
Proof: 1 938
$1,50$3,00
Liberty Head nickel 1898 Standard : 12 530 292
Proof: 1 795
$1,00$3,00
Liberty Head nickel 1899 Standard : 26 027 000
Proof: 2 031
$1,00$2,00€ 8.00
Liberty Head nickel 1900 Standard : 27 253 733
Proof: 2 262
$1,50$2,00$10,00
Liberty Head nickel 1901 Standard : 26 478 228
Proof: 1 985
$1,50$2,00$21,00
Liberty Head nickel 1902 Standard : 31 487 561
Proof: 2 018
$1,00€ 2.00€ 5.00
Liberty Head nickel 1903 Standard : 28 004 935
Proof: 1 790
$1,00$1,50$4,00
Liberty Head nickel 1904 Standard : 21 403 167
Proof: 1 817
$1,50$1,50$3,50
Liberty Head nickel 1905 Standard : 29 825 124
Proof: 2 152
$1,50$2,00$3,00
Liberty Head nickel 1906 Standard : 38 612 000
Proof: 1 725
$1,50$2,50€ 4.00
Liberty Head nickel 1907 Standard : 39 213 325
Proof: 1 475
$1,50$2,50€ 3.00
Liberty Head nickel 1908 Standard : 22 684 557
Proof: 1 620
$1,50$3,00$19,00
Liberty Head nickel 1909 Standard : 11 585 763
Proof: 4 763
$2,00$2,00€ 7.00
Liberty Head nickel 1910 Standard : 30 166 948
Proof: 2 405
$1,50$1,50$9,00
Liberty Head nickel 1911 Standard : 39 557 639
Proof: 1 733
$1,50€ 2.00$13,00$34,00
Liberty Head nickel 1912 Standard : 26 234 569
Proof: 2 145
$1,50$2,00$11,00
Liberty Head nickel 1912 DStandard : 8 474 000
Proof:
$2,00$6,00$8,00
Liberty Head nickel 1912 S
Very Rare
Standard : 238 000
Proof:
$106,00$115,00
Liberty Head nickel 1913
  Extremely Rare, 5 Known
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As Proofs were made continuously for collectors, numismatists desiring top grade specimens today can obtain Proof examples without difficulty, although Proof-64 and Proof-65 pieces are scarcer than lower grades and may take some time to find, especially if pieces with a high degree of aesthetic appeal are desired. Business strikes are also readily available for most issues, with dates from 1897 through 1912 being the easiest to find. Among earlier issues, the 1885 and 1886 in MS-65 grade are quite rare, much more so than with Proof finish. Putting together a set of top grade business strikes can be a challenge.

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