Five Cents Got You In The Nickelodeon

For the price of a nickel, 450 guests were able to view vaudville and short films in the world’s first nickelodeon.  Developed by Harry Davis, the first nickelodeon opened on June 19, 1905 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The nickelodeon was a magical place where the average person was introduced to comedians and actors and actresses.

That same nickel could purchase a bottle of Coke or a candybar in 1905.  The nickel minted in 1905 is known as a “V” nickel or Liberty Nickel.  The name “V” nickel is attributed to the Roman numeral 5 on the reverse of the nickel.  The Liberty Nickel was minted from 1883-1913 and was composed of copper and nickel.  The designer was Charles Barber, who was the chief engraver for the mint.


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