In 1883 the mint started production of the Liberty head nickel, more commonly called the V nickel due to the roman numeral V on the reverse.
Here’s what you need to know to find the value of your Liberty nickels.
The Liberty head nickel was designed by Charles E. Barber.
During the first year of production (1883), it was produced without the word CENTS underneath the V. Well, people started gold plating the coins and passing them off as 5 dollar gold coins. So later that year, the word CENTS was added beneath the V on the reverse.
The V nickel was produced from 1883 to 1913. Coins from 1912-1897 are among the more common and worth about $2.00-$12.00 each — in circulated condition — depending on the grade of the coin.
See see a picture of the Liberty Head nickel (a.k.a. the V Nickel).
Here are some of the more uncommon dates and varieties to look for:
1913 – 1,840,000.00 (Don’t look too hard for this one, only 5 are known to exist!)
1912 S – $140.00-$460.00
1894 – $15.00-$150.00
1888 – $26.00-$110.00
1886 – $200.00-$460.00
1885 – $475.00-$900.00
1883 with CENTS – $15.00-$50.00
1883 without CENTS $6.00-$10.00
Some of the more common coins from the early 1890′s period can be worth a little more than the later common coins. The earlier ones are worth around $7.00-$40.00 depending on the grade.
Liberty Nickel Value Update: 2/19/2010
Liberty nickels have gone up in value over the last few years. The rare 1913 Liberty nickel recently sold at auction for a whopping $3.7 million!
The 1885 Liberty nickel is selling for at least $600 in the grade of good.
Even more common Liberty nickels are selling for $5 and up nowadays.