Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 10,167,901
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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1888 5C MS obverse 1888 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This date is similar to the 1887 coins in that die erosion and mediocre luster greatly limits the number of gems certified. The example illustrated also has a couple of obverse die cracks, though this problem was mostly overcome for the type after 1884. This same coin features a superior strike for the date.

There are a couple of repunched date varieties for 1888, one of which is also a doubled-die obverse and is quite rare. A much lesser RPD is also known, but it is of interest only to series specialists.

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Last Updated: 2/25/2014

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1888 5C MS
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Base $ 27.00 40.00 60.00 115 180 180 225 235 255 275 300 315 345 385 600 1250 6750 - - - -
$ 190 235 245 265 295 315 330 380 440 700 1950 12500 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 357
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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6/25/2006 PCGS G 6   Teletrade Auction 2223, 2223/Lot# 1190 $23.00
5/7/2009 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 370, 376/Lot# 7392 $333.50
1/31/2010 PCGS   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 905 $230.00
8/11/2011 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(6), 1158/Lot# 9385 $253.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2317 $23,000.00
1/9/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 9000 $940.00
2/3/2013 NGC Details VG Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/03/2013, 60/Lot# 96741 $20.00


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