The total mintage of the 1883 Liberty nickel
Without CENTS was 5,474,300 pieces struck for circulation at the Philadelphia Mint. The peculiar stories about this issue resulted in quantities of the "without CENTS" variety to be retracted from circulation and saved by the public. As a result, these coins remain readily available to collectors in the present day, even in uncirculated condition.
The 1883 Liberty nickel
with CENTS had a total minted for circulation of 16,026,200, which was more than triple the mintage for the "without CENTS" variety. Nonetheless it is actually the "with CENTS" variety that is scarcest for present day collectors. This is because a large number of examples from the initial variety were hoarded by the public, while far fewer examples of the latter variety were saved.