1881 Minor Nickel Set

A uniform set of minor coins was designed by Charles Barber which was to be struck on planchets of 75% copper and 25% nickel. It marks the first attempt at a uniform composition minor coinage set since 1869. It also marks the first appearance of Barber's Liberty head design which was to grace our 5 cent piece from 1883 to 1913.

Sets were struck in nickel, copper and aluminum as shown below. Original sets are virtually non-existent.

One Cent J1667/P1867



Three Cent J1668/P1869



Five Cent J1671/P1872



Photos courtesy of Heritage and Teletrade.