Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Liberty V Nickel (1883 - 1912)



1908 Liberty V Nickel
In 1883, the Shield Nickel was replaced by the Liberty V Nickel or "Liberty Head" nickel designed by Charles E. Barber, Engraver of the Mint. This type of nickel first appeared without the word CENTS on the reverse. Some of these first coins were gold plated and passed for $5. To discourage fraudulent practices, the word CENTS was added on the reverse at the bottom, later that year. Inspired by a Greco-Roman marble head and the Morgan Dollar design, Barber featured a profile of Liberty on the obverse wearing a crown with the inscription LIBERTY. Miss Liberty was surrounded by 13 stars. The reverse displayed the value of the coin in Roman numerals surrounded by a wreath of wheat, corn and cotton. The No Cents Liberty V nickels had the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM visible at the bottom on reverse, while the Liberty V nickels with Cents had the motto above the wreath. Key dates of the Liberty V Nickel series include the 1885, 1886 and 1912-S.

Collectors of this coin series look for a couple popular dates. The 1885 and 1886 Liberty V Nickels are sought out because the production for these dates was interrupted during 1885-1886, and there are limited quanities of nickels with these dates. The 1888-89 Liberty Nickels are very rare in brilliant proofs with mirror fields and frosty devices. Some later proofs are found more often cleaned than not. Many dates of proofs come stained or spotty - the result of the chemically active paper in which the Mint shipped proof coins. In 1912, for the first time in the history of this denomination, working dies for the nickels were sent to the Denver and San Francisco mints. That's why the 1912-S key date and the 1912-D Liberty V Nickels are popular among collectors.

The Executive Coin Company is one of the top coin dealers in United States who offers a variety of Liberty Head nickels in different grades and condition. Our selection includes early date 1883 No Cents Liberty V Nickels and 1883 With Cents Liberty V Nickels, and also key date Liberty V nickles such as the 1886 key date nickel and the 1912-S key date. All nickels we offer are expertly photographed with great care and accuracy to help you make the best choice for your collection!