Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 15,878,025
Catalog: KM-112
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.00 Grams
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1889 5C MS obverse 1889 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This issue is common across most grades, and gems are somewhat more available than for 1887-88. Discriminating buyers will want one coined from unworn dies, as later strikes reveal die erosion. This is discernible by a grainy or pebbly surface which is most pronounced at the peripheries. The coin illustrated was sharply struck from fresh dies, though the troublesome corn cob is still incomplete.

1889 nickels have been found with several repunched date varities, but only one is noteworthy. This is recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

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1889 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 9.50 15.00 31.00 52.00 80.00 80.00 115 120 125 145 160 175 210 250 325 850 3400 9600 - - -
$ 88.00 120 125 135 155 170 185 230 285 410 1250 4850 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 566
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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11/9/2003 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1803, 1803/Lot# 1043 $715.00
9/6/2004 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 501 $748.00
11/13/2011 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131147/Lot# 26858 $74.00
6/2/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 2 - 11 US Coins Internet Auction - Dallas Session(1), 131324/Lot# 20050 $258.50
6/23/2013 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131327/Lot# 26040 $108.10
1/5/2014 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 785, 794/Lot# 556 $300.00
1/12/2014 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/12/2014, 180/Lot# 163426 $79.20
7/25/2014 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3492, 6043/Lot# 22106 $49.35


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base32456385115155179201223237258272304336456657103917072860532662787351
36517095128163186208227244262282314376523784126120913682564366350
000000186208227244262282314376523784126120913682564300
000000193215232251267293325416590911148424754504596000
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 2860
Owner: NMK8104
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 1707
Owner: Green Collection
 
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