Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 15,260,692
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
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1887 5C MS obverse 1887 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This date is fairly common across most grades, but it becomes scarce at the gem level (MS 65 and higher). It's large mintage stretched the dies, with the result that many examples are found with some of die erosion and granular surfaces. It's rare to find one with 13 completely formed stars and a full corn cob in the lower left of the wreath.

Several repunched date varieties are known for this date, but they elicit little interest. Far more compelling is a distinct doubled-die reverse most visible in the upper lettering. A lesser DDR variety is also known, but collector interst focuses on FS-801.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/25/2014

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1887 5C MS
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Base $ 13.00 19.00 33.00 48.00 78.00 78.00 100.00 105 125 138 150 165 195 225 375 1000 3500 - - - -
$ 87.00 105 110 130 150 160 175 215 280 550 1300 11165 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 459
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66


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1/22/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 325, 331/Lot# 5357 $310.50
9/1/2010 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2917, 2917/Lot# 1167 $92.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1171/Lot# 7758 $920.00
2/24/2013 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131310/Lot# 22059 $117.50
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1281 $747.50
12/8/2013 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/08/2013, 104/Lot# 156779 $797.50
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7483 $376.00


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