The Bebee 1913 Liberty Head “V” Nickel


This famous coin is one of five 1913 "V" nickels that were struck in mysterious circumstances at the Philadelphia Mint. The design for these coins was used from 1883 to 1912. In 1913 they were replaced by the Buffalo nickel design; however, five unauthorized "V" nickels were struck with the 1913 date. The existence of the nickels was unknown until 1919, when an advertisement in The Numismatistoffered to purchase any example for $500. The ad was placed by Samuel W. Brown, a former Mint employee. In 1920 Brown exhibited all five nickels at the ANA convention in Chicago. The McDermott/Bebee specimen was donated to the ANA by Aubrey and Adeline Bebee, and it was recently featured on the Travel Channel program, "Mysteries at the Museum." 





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