Category Archives: Liberty Head Nickels

Collecting the Liberty Head Nickel: Bullion Shark

By Bullion Shark LLC …… In the late 1880s, the United States Mint began looking into replacing the Shield nickel, the five-cent piece that was struck from 1866 to 1883 and composed of 75% copper and 25% nickel, because of longstanding production problems with that coin. Liberty Head Nickel Chief Engraver Charles Barber was asked […]

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PCGS 66+ CAC 1884 Liberty Head “V” Nickel a Highlight of Online Auctions at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. Sunday, June 30 will see the end of bidding on GreatCollections.com for this 1884 Liberty nickel, graded MS-66+ by PCGS and granted a green sticker by Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC). A scarce coin in High Mint State, this specimen features light toning and a relatively sharp strike for the type. While there […]

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Fact or Myth: Josh Tatum and Racketeer Nickels

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. The Liberty head or “V” nickel was released in 1883. The denomination was marked by a large “V” on the reverse; the word “cents” was nowhere to be found. The three cent piece of the time was labeled in the same way, with a large Roman numeral three and […]

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The Epic $100 Nickel Roll Search

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com …… I’ve been picking through nickel rolls for years. I searched through my first roll of nickels in 1993, when I was 12 years old and first getting into coin collecting. I remember finding one or two pre-1960 Jefferson nickels in almost every roll back in those days, but I […]

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Classic U.S. Coin for Less Than $500 Each, Part 25: Liberty Head Nickels

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #355 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Publicly distributed, Liberty Head nickels were minted from 1883 to 1912. A set of business strike Liberty Head nickels may be completed without spending as much as $500 on any one coin. […]

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Riding the Rails with Hobo Nickels

By Littleton Coin Company ……….. Recently, I’ve seen a few replica rounds out there that copy some designs from the old “hobo nickels”. Turns out, these coins have a history that stretches back further than I thought! Sometime around the 1850s, people made use of the Liberty Seated design on the quarter (and later, 20¢ […]

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