The finest circulation strikes of the 1883 Liberty Nickel “Without Cents” variety are graded MS67. This includes fifteen pieces graded by PCGS and more than fifty graded by NGC at this level. These are often very mark-free, although the hard nickel alloy brought up many striking issues. As such, few examples of this particular type boast needle-sharp surfaces, a problem which persisted later on in the series. The highest price realized for this issue was $4,888 in a July 2008 auction.
Proof examples of the same issue are numerous as well and generally in strong demand for proof set purposes. The finest PCGS graded example is a single PR67DCAM, along with eleven in PR67CAM and four coins graded PR67. NGC has graded two coins in PR67UCAM, seventeen in PR67CAM and 20 in PR67. The highest auction price was $13,800 for a NCG PR67UCAM in May 2005.
As for the 1883 Liberty Nickel “With Cents”, there are fewer pieces certified in total, with the finest graded MS67 by PCGS followed by more than fifty examples graded MS66. At NGC, there are four examples graded MS67. Of the circulation strikes, the highest price realized at auction was an amazing $34,500 for the sole PCGS MS-67 from the Dale Friend collection, sold in March 2006.
As for the Proofs, PCGS has graded two in PR65DCAM, one in PR67CAM and four in PR67. Examples with any Cameo contrast are much scarcer of this issue than of the Without Cents issue of the same year. NGC has graded a single PR67UCAM, one in PR68CAM and eleven pieces in PR67. The highest auction price realized for this issue in Proof was $10,925 for a NGC PR-67CA in January 2007.