Liberty Nickel Mintage

Aside from a few years, the Liberty Nickel mintages occurred in relatively high numbers. Most of the Philadelphia Mint issues were struck with a mintage of 10 million or greater, with a few notable exceptions. The 1885 and 1886 issues with mintages of 1.4 million and 3.3. million are considered key dates.

The lowest mintage issue of the series is the 1912-S Liberty Nickel, although in most circulated grades, this issue is more frequently encountered than the higher mintage 1885 and 1886 issues. As the first five cent nickel struck at the San Francisco Mint, this issue was more likely to be saved from circulation.

Separate mintages are included for the 1883 nickels struck with or without the word CENTS on the reverse. When the series was first introduced, it lacked the indication of the denomination which led to some unscrupulous individuals gold plating the nickels and passing them off as $5 gold pieces.

The mintage figures for circulation strike Liberty Nickels are shown below for all years of the series.

Date Mintage
1883 No CENTS 5,474,300
1883 with CENTS 16,026,200
1884 11,270,000
1885 1,473,300
1886 3,326,000
1887 15,260,692
1888 10,715,901
1889 15,878,025
1890 16,256,532
1891 16,832,000
1892 11,696,897
1893 13,368,000
1894 5,410,500
1895 9,977,822
1896 8,841,048
1897 20,426,797
1898 12,530,292
1899 26,027,000
1900 27,253,733
1901 26,478,228
1902 31,487,581
1903 28,004,930
1904 21,403,167
1905 29,825,124
1906 38,612,000
1907 39,213,325
1908 22,684,557
1909 11,585,763
1910 30,166,948
1911 39,557,639
1912 26,234,569
1912-D 8,474,000
1912-S 238,000
1913 5 known