As far as US Mint coinage goes, few series are more popular amongst collectors than the V-Nickels. First produced in the late 19th, early 20th century, these coins were incredibly useful during their time in circulation, which helps make them extremely valuable nowadays. Collectors all over the world are constantly trying to get their hands on these coins, and get their hands on those pieces that have been preserved through the years.
Unfortunately, because these coins were so heavily circulated and so useful, very few have survived the years in excellent shape. Still, because this is one of the last V-Nickel’s produced, many more of these have survived than previous years.
When you are looking at a coin that is 50+ years old, you have to take the coin’s condition into consideration. Typically, coin collectors will only seek to acquire coins that are in near-perfect condition and that have been very well preserved over the years. Locating coins in this condition can be difficult, however, given their age.
When looking at a coin’s physical condition, you are really trying to determine how that coin might be graded by a numismatic coin grading company. You can use the basic guidelines below to get an understanding of what a V-Nickel might look like in various grades and conditions.
Uncirculated: Considered to be the top condition, coins in uncirculated condition have never been exposed to circulation and the corresponding exchanges and handling that come with circulation. Because of this, these coins have retained their original condition throughout the years and will appear to be freshly struck by the mint.
Extremely Fine: Just a notch down on the grading ladder, coins in extremely fine condition may have some extremely minor surface damage such as scratches. Nevertheless, these coins are still in excellent shape and are still desired by coin collectors. The damage is minor enough that it is usually only seen under close examination.
Fine: Coins in fine condition have been circulated, often for some time, and show visible signs of use-related wear and tear. These coins may have surface scratches or other imperfections. Any damage, however, is not significant enough to impact the coin’s images or details.
Good: Good is the grade assigned to the vast majority of V-Nickels out there. These coins have been widely circulated and handled, and they may have serious imperfections such as dents, scratches, discoloration or worn down surfaces. Serious coin collectors tend to avoid coins in good condition, rather focusing their efforts on coins that have been well-preserved.
The condition of a coin is extremely important to collectors and a key component of a coin’s value. Coins in great shape can sell for much more than similar coins that are not in great shape. Use the grid below to get an idea of how a 1911 V-Nickel might be valued based on its condition and type.
|1911 V Nickel||$2||$4||$30||$60||Source: Red Book|