Liberty Head "V" Nickels
Minted from 1883 to 1913, Liberty Head nickel is a fantastic addition to a growing collection, as a gift for a young one starting their first coin collection, or even as a way to expand beyond more common 20th century nickels.
The Liberty Head, or “V” nickel as it is also known, was designed by Mint Chief Engraver Charles Barber to replace the difficult to produce Shield nickels of 1866 to 1883. Barber’s design was approved by Treasury Secretary Charles J. Folger in 1883 and the coins were sent into circulation early that year. Later the US Mint added the word “CENTS” to the reverse side, due to less scrupulous operators plating the coins with gold in order to pass them off as $5 coins. It’s no wonder these coins were nicknamed the Racketeer Nickels. The Liberty Head nickels were subsequently followed by Buffalo nickels – or Indian Head nickels – in 1913.
This set includes seven Liberty Head Nickels of good to very good condition, held in a colorful velour pouch.