The History of the 1913 Liberty Head Nickel

1913 Liberty Head Nickel: Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

History

The 1913 Liberty Head Nickel is unique among American coins for one simple reason: it should not exist. For those not aware, the Liberty Head nickel design was slated to be retired following those produced in December of 1912, with the Buffalo Nickel to take over starting in 1913. In fact, the existence of this coin was not even on anyones radar until 1919 when one Samuel…

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