1913 Liberty Nickel

The 1913 Liberty Nickel is one of the most famous and valuable coins in American numismatics. What makes the 1913 Liberty Nickel particularly notable is that it was not officially minted for circulation that year.

. Instead, five specimens were clandestinely produced by Samuel Brown, a Mint employee, using dies from the previous year (1912) when Liberty Nickels were still being struck.

Obverse Design: – The obverse features a left-facing image of Lady Liberty. She is wearing a crown inscribed with the word "LIBERTY" and has the word "LIBERTY" across the top of the coin.

Reverse Design: – The reverse features a large Roman numeral "V" (indicating the denomination of five cents). – The word "CENTS" is below the "V." – A wreath encircles the design.

Composition: – The 1913 Liberty Nickel is made of 75% copper and 25% nickel.

The story behind the 1913 Liberty Nickel adds to its mystique. The five known specimens were discovered and publicized in the 1920s, sparking significant interest among collectors.

The Eliasberg specimen, named after its owner Louis E. Eliasberg Sr., is considered the finest known and has been part of several high-profile auctions.

Due to their rarity and historical significance, 1913 Liberty Nickels are highly coveted by collectors. As of my last knowledge update in January 2022, these coins can command multi-million dollar prices when sold at auction.

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