I have found a few very old nickels and would like to know their values.
Warren Gaiennie Jr.
In discussions with Mr. Gaiennie, it was determined that he had
Liberty Head 5-cent coins ranging in date from the late 1890s to 1909.
When asked about their condition, he said that they were all well circulated.
The Liberty Head 5-cent piece was produced for regular issue from
1883 to 1912 and later issues are typically the most common dates of
the series. Common issues grading Fine 12 or less have retail values
of less than $5 each. If sold to a coin dealer, the seller could
expect to receive perhaps $2 to $3, at most.
However, examples in higher grades or with a Mint mark may be
Coins in Very Fine condition have retail prices of about $11 to
$12. In Extremely Fine 40, the prices move to more than $30. In the
lower Mint State grades, even the most common Liberty Head 5-cent coin
will be priced close to $100. An MS-63 example is listed in Coin
Values at $150.
1912-D and 1912-S Liberty Head 5-cent coins — the only coins of
the series to bear Mint marks — possess more value than their unmarked
1912 Philadelphia brother. The 1912-D coin is a $275 purchase in MS-60
and $400 in MS-63. The 1912-S issue is a key date of the series, with
a retail value of $1,700 in MS-60 and $2,300 in MS-63.
Finally, the series concludes with the ultra rare 1913 Liberty
Head 5-cent coins. With five known, they sell for millions of dollars.
Where can I buy a catalog for coins or bank notes? I would like to
have one with almost all the countries.
Coin and paper money books can be purchased wherever books are sold.
For beginners, it might be best to start with generalized guides,
such as Coin World’s annual Guide to U.S. Coins,
Whitman’s A Guide Book of United States Coins (a.k.a. the
“Red Book”), or the Paper Money of the United States by
Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg. For generalized world issues, consider
Krause’s Standard Catalog of World Coins and Standard
Catalog of World Paper Money.
As collectors grow more selective in their tastes, they may then
move on to more series-specific guides such as, Whitman’s A Guide
Book of Morgan Silver Dollars, Krause’s Canadian Coin
Digest or The Early Paper Money of America by Eric P. Newman.
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