Liberty Nickel

1883 – 1912 The Liberty Nickel, also called the V Nickel or Barber Nickel, was first struck in 1883. In the beginning of the year the coin was minted without the word “cents” below the “V” on the reverse. The Coinage Act of 1792 did not require coins higher than one cent in value to include the denomination, so this is not surprising. Many unscrupulous people started gold plating the coin and passing it off as a five dollar gold piece. The problem was with the “V” combined with no denomination which made it easy for a gold plated nickel to be mistaken for a five dollar gold piece. These gold plated examples are still common today and are referred to as “racketeer nickels”. 1913 Liberty Nickel Approximately 5.5 million 1883 Liberty Nickels...