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1883 Liberty Head Half Eagle & Racketeer Nickel Set

  • Racketeer Nickels - the great gold coin deception
  • A boxed set of genuine U.S. coins from 1883
  • Each coin is preserved in an archival shell
  • Available

Total: $1,498.00

When famed coin designer Charles Barber designed the 1883 nickel, he depicted the denomination... more
1883 Liberty Head Half Eagle & Racketeer Nickel Set

When famed coin designer Charles Barber designed the 1883 nickel, he depicted the denomination on the reverse simply as the Roman numeral V. Because the word cents did not appear on the coin and the obverse was similar to the Liberty Head Half Eagle, unscrupulous swindlers altered the nickel by hand-cutting grooved reeds into its smooth edges and gold-plating the copper nickel coins, then passing them off as $5 gold coins. When the Mint learned of these "Racketeer Nickels" they hurriedly added the word cents at the bottom of the reverse, closing one of the most larcenous chapters in the history of the U.S. Mint.

American Mint: Your Headquarters for Genuine 1883 Liberty Head Coins for Sale
An authentic 1883 Liberty Head nickel and its altered counterpart are hard to find — unless you purchase your coins right here. American Mint proudly presents a stunning boxed set containing two genuine coins featured in this 132-year-old tale of deception. Beautifully presented in a handsome wood collector's box, this historic set contains a solid gold 1883 Liberty Head Half Eagle and a genuine gilded 1883 Racketeer Nickel. Both of these authentic coins are encased in protective shells to carefully protect and preserve them:

1883 Liberty Head Half Eagle
- Minted in solid gold (.242 troy oz.)
- 21.6 mm in diameter (.85")

1883 Racketeer Nickel
- Copper-nickel 5-cent piece
- Gold-plated with hand-reeded edges in an attempt to pass it off as a $5 gold coin
- Each coin was individually altered 132 years ago so the wear on the gilding and reeding will vary from coin to coin
- 21.2 mm in diameter (.83")

We Always Strive to Bring You the Best at American Mint
While we mint many ofour products in-house, we also offer rare U.S. Mint-issued collectibles like the 1883 Liberty Head and the 1883 racketeer nickel for sale. Our experts work hard to find and amass vintage coins and collectibles that meet the demands of new and experienced collectors alike.

Many of our customers look to us first when they're seeking those coveted items that no one else seems to carry. Wewant you to experience the thrill that comes with owning and displaying such unique pieces.

Get a Great Price on Your 1883 Racketeer Liberty Nickel Coin
We can help you save money on all your collectibles. Purchase your 1883 racketeer nickel coin set online and get a significant discount. This item also qualifies for free shipping and handling to lower the cost even more. Ifyou'd like to pay for your coins over time, our convenient, interest-free monthly installment plan is the perfect solution.

Order Your 1883 Gold Racketeer Liberty Head Coin Set Today
Own an intriguing piece of American numismatic history by purchasing your Liberty Head Half Eagle & Racketeer Nickel Set. Place your order securely online today. You can also call us at 1-877-807-MINT from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST Monday through Friday for more information.

Limitation: 1883 pieces
Weight: 8.359 g & 5 g
Diameter: 21.6 mm & 21.2 mm
Obverse: Liberty Head
Reverse: V
Face value: 5 Dollar & 5 Cent
Material: .900 gold & copper/nickel, gold-layered
Quality: Extremely Fine & Very Fine
Issue year: 1883
Country: USA

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