Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,472,700
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 MS obverse 1885 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The production of nickels was suspended early in 1885 after fewer than 1.5 million were coined. This was due to both a reduction in demand and problems with the Mint's supplier of planchets. Examples are scarce to rare across all grades, with Mint State pieces being particularly elusive. Until the 1980s, most advanced collectors simply filled this slot with a proof, as those are much more available, but currency pieces are now prized for their special status as rarities.

Given its limited mintage, it's not surprising that no varieties have surfaced for the 1885 nickel. Of course, a variety would have to be major to surpass the large premium already attached to any 1885 nickel for its rarity as a date.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/25/2014

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1885 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 535 685 825 1000 1450 1450 1775 1900 2050 2500 2650 2750 3075 3800 6000 11500 23000 95000 - - -
$ 1575 1875 2000 2200 2650 2800 2950 3300 4400 7650 13000 28000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 750
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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7/30/2008 PCGS G 4   Heritage Auctions 2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114, 1114/Lot# 7661 $517.50
9/14/2008 NGC G 4   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 762 $517.50
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1130 $1,656.75
12/11/2012 NGC G 6   Teletrade Auction 3397, 3397/Lot# 1022 $407.00
2/3/2013 NGC Details VG Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131307/Lot# 26077 $229.13
10/27/2013 PCGS VG 8   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 775, 784/Lot# 1209 $502.00
12/15/2013 PCGS AG 3   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 156409 $172.29
2/3/2014 NGC VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1202/Lot# 3305 $940.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10211110127114831725179920332335237524642699276529593164337936043841408946968155945212609
10501163134115631749187721332348240425422721282930273235345436833923429158498587105040
0000002133234824042542272128293027323534543683392342915849858700
0000002234236124342620274328943095330735293762400644937002901900
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3841
Owner: NMK8104
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 2959
Owner: Old Pueblo Collection
 
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