The V-Nickel was produced in the late 19th and early 20th century. Generally speaking, collectors go crazy over coins from these periods of time. The V-Nickel coin series falls into both of the two time periods, so collectors are constantly eager to get their hands on this series. Many desirable type sets have coins in high grades. High-grade V-Nickels can be fairly difficult to locate compared to the ease of finding very low-grade, worn examples of the coin.
Of course, as is true of any type of V-Nickel, the 1900 is highly sought after by collectors. Trying to get coins in the best possible condition, collectors are constantly searching high and low for the most pristine V-Nickels to add to their collection.
For V-Nickels that have been around for a century, you have to take the coin’s condition into consideration. While these nickels may have collectible value even in poor condition, collectors will tend to focus on coins that remain pristine, and look new in appearance. Finding coins in such good condition can be time consuming, however, as so much time has passed since these coins were first minted.
When you are inspecting a coin, what you are actually doing is trying to assess how that coin might be graded. While only a professionally recognized coin grading service can assign a coin a grade, you can get a good idea of what grade your coin may be assigned by using the guidelines below.
Uncirculated: For coin collectors, coins in uncirculated condition represent the cream of the crop. These coins, due to their type, were never exposed to circulation and thus have not been subjected to countless exchanges and handling. In fact, looking at these coins will make you think they were just struck, and are fresh off the mint’s presses.
Extremely Fine: Coins that are said to be in extremely fine condition will have some very minor imperfections, however, they may still be coveted by coin collectors. To receive this grade, the coin must appear to be in near-perfect condition, and any imperfections may only be seen under close visual observation.
Fine: Coins in fine condition are typically coins that have been widely circulated and exchanged for some time. While images and details on the coin’s surfaces remain intact, the coin may have plenty of surface scratches or discoloration.
Good: Most of the V-Nickels that are bought and sold today are classified as good. Due to heavy use over the years, these coins will likely have significant scratches, dents or discoloration. A coin collector may often leave these coins alone, favoring coins that are in superior physical condition.
When trying to assess your coin’s value, the coin’s condition will play a vital role in valuing the coin. Coins in superior condition may see higher demand from coin collectors, and may sell for substantially higher premiums than similar coins of a lower grade. Use the chart below to get a good idea of what type of premium you might expect to pay for a 1900 V-Nickel in various types and grades.
|1900 V Nickel||$2||$8||$30||$65||Source: Red Book|