There are only five examples of the 1913 Liberty Nickel known to exist. On the infrequent occasion when one of these pieces comes to market, the roster of coins is often repeated with their various pedigrees. Of the five examples, the finest known is the Eliasberg specimen, which is graded PCGS PR66. The remaining coins fall into lower grades, with the ANA specimen grading NGC PF 55 due to a previous owners habit of carrying the coin around for bragging or wagering. The five known examples with their certified or estimated grade levels are shown below.
- PCGS PR-66, Eliasberg Specimen
- NGC PR-64, Olsen Specimen (previously certified by PCGS in the same grade)
- PR-62 (Presumably raw), Walton Specimen
- PR-60 (raw), Smithsonian specimen
- NGC PR-55, ANA specimen
The highest recorded price ever paid for a 1913 Liberty Nickel presumably is $5 million, paid by an anonymous collector for the Eliasberg specimen, without doubt the finest known for this issue. When the same example had been sold at public auction only a few years earlier in 2001, it had realized $1,840,000. Previously, in 1996 the same coin sold for $1,485,000, representing the first coin to ever sell for more than a million dollars at a public auction. Unsurprisingly, the other 1913 Liberty Nickels have also sold for major sums, both in auctions and in private transactions. The record price set at public auction for any 1913 Liberty nickel was $3,737,500 in January 2010, when the Olsen specimen sold.
Other auction appearances have been infrequent, with only seven occurrences in the last fifty years. After the auctions, these coins were often sold in private transactions and afterwards remained off the market for lengthy periods of time. It is very unlikely to almost impossible that anymore 1913 Liberty Nickels will ever be discovered. While it cannot be considered to be the rarest of all American coins it is certainly one of the most famous, and this serves as a prime example of an issue which will always remain in demand, thanks to its interesting background.