Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 22,684,557
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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1908 5C MS obverse 1908 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Due to the Panic of 1907, the mintage of nickels fell somewhat this year, but this is still a very common coin across most grades. The population of certified gems is lower than usual for post-1900 dates, and this issue may provide some challenge to the collector.

The year 1908 is notable for a far greater than usual number of repunched date and misplaced date varieties affecting several coin denominations, the nickel included. Perhaps this cluster of varieties is what prompted the Mint to begin including each denomination's date in the master die beginning in 1909. Thereafter, RPDs and MPDs became impossible.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/25/2014

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1908 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2.00 2.75 4.50 13.75 32.00 32.00 60.00 62.50 65.00 77.50 85.00 90.00 120 150 230 1050 3600 9500 - - -
$ 35.00 64.00 67.50 70.00 82.50 90.00 100.00 130 165 410 1650 5500 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 535
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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3/12/1993 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1993 Early Spring ANA Bullet Sale #101, 101/Lot# 194 $165.00
5/25/2002 PCGS MS 60   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22103, 22103/Lot# 15204 $70.15
9/15/2003 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 172 $719.00
8/17/2010 NGC Details G Details  Teletrade Auction 2908, 2908/Lot# 1044 $3.00
3/11/2012 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/11/2012, 12/Lot# 36456 $28.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2365 $4,406.25
3/31/2013 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 745, 754/Lot# 63 $100.00
1/5/2014 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/05/2014, 176/Lot# 159356 $21.30


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2028415981106123143155163175183216248304705121917993080540763707454
2232476689111129147157167177194226266437876141222263855572867310
000000129147157167177194226266437876141222263855572800
0000001361511601711802052372855711047160526534631604900
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3080
Owner: NMK8104
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 1799
Owner: Old Pueblo Collection
 
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