Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,790
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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1885 5C PF obverse 1885 5C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The proof 1885 nickel enjoyed a generous mintage, and examples remain plentiful today. Given the rarity of Mint State currency pieces, these proofs have long filled this date slot for many collectors, which has increased demand for this date within the proof series. The high number certified represents a greater inclination to have 1885 nickels graded than exists for other dates.

Most survivors appear to have been well made, though weakness may sometimes be seen in the same places as for currency strikes: the hair above Liberty's forehead and the lower left of the wreath at the corn cob.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/25/2014

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1885 5C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 775 850 900 1050 1250 1325 1775 2100 3900 15850 - -
$ - - - - 825 900 1000 1125 1325 1450 2000 2600 6250 -
1885 5C PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1350 1450 1875 2400 5750 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1450 1575 2100 3250 7000 -
1885 5C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1750 2900 5750 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2000 3500 8150 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 780
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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6/3/1994 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 1994 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #120, 120/Lot# 200 $1,045.00
6/16/1997 NGC PF 64   Teletrade Auction 0954, 954/Lot# 1138 $654.00
2/20/2005 PCGS PF 65   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1023 $1,293.75
6/27/2005 NGC PF 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 409 $1,122.40
1/5/2011 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(2), 1151/Lot# 4382 $1,265.00
9/13/2011 NGC PF 64   Stack's Bowers The September 2011 Philadelphia Americana Sale, 113/Lot# 2553 $977.50
3/3/2013 NGC PF 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/03/2013, 64/Lot# 102926 $773.30
2/3/2014 NGC PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1202/Lot# 3322 $2,232.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base27234543754166581189898010411079113511731177118313311284146117992754515860897138
296375471582713840925100010531097114711741179123213311343157321173555546864380
000000925100010531097114711741179123213311343157321173555546800
000000952102010661116116011751181128113311402168624354356577800
1885 5C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base38147759172387710561162126013331380144714921496150516801624183422333345608971388315
41351563577493610911194128413481402146214931499156316801694196726034259643875300
0000001194128413481402146214931499156316801694196726034259643800
0000001227130813641424147714941502162116801764210029745174678800
1885 5C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base477591723877105612601380149215741628170417531759176817811903213925853817682079609234
515635774936112413001417151915921653172017551762177218211981228729954818720083840
0000001417151915921653172017551762177218211981228729954818720000
0000001454154616101678173617571765177618622060243634065819758000
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Grade: PF 65 CA
Points: 1834
Owner: Green Collection
 
Grade: PF 66
Points: 1799
Owner: mania
 
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