Liberty Nickel production was begun in 1883. Often referred to as “V” Nickels for the large Roman numeral “V” (5) on the reverse. The Liberty Nickel was, at first struck without the word “Cents” under the “V” on the reverse. This omission led to some unscrupulous folks to gold plate the “centsless” Liberty Nickels in order to pass them off as Five Dollar gold coins. Which in turn led to correcting the oversight thus giving us two types for 1883 – with and without cents. The end of the Liberty Nickel series in 1912 led to the mysterious production of one of our great rarities – the five 1913 Liberty Nickels. But that is another story.