Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 31,487,228
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.
Link to this coin

1902 5C MS obverse 1902 5C MS reverse


  
Expand All    Collapse All

VarietyPlus®


Click on a coin to see VarietyPlus details.

Description & Analysis

This date had the highest mintage of any nickel five-cent piece since the type began in 1866, yet this figure would soon be exceeded. Plentiful in all grades through MS 65, the technical qualities of such coins vary widely. The typical 1902 is less than fully struck, may have worn, pebbly fields and be lackluster. At the other end of the spectrum are a very few prooflike specimens.

This is a rich date for varieties, but all of them are minor and hard to discern. Several RPDs are known, along with an obverse die showing doubling in the stars and a misplaced date obverese with parts of numerals 19 hidden within the denticles below the date. These varieties are illustrated in the book Treasure Hunting Liberty Head Nickels.

GRADE SUMMARY

Loading... Working...

Use the scroll bar at the bottom of this box to view a summary of the NGC Price Guide, NGC Census, Auction Prices Realized and NGC Registry Scores for each grade.

There was no data found for this Coin.

Select Designation

 
NGC PRICE GUIDE
NGC CENSUS*
AUCTION PRICES REALIZED
NGC REGISTRY
SCORE

Select Grade

*To view the Census details for this coin, please sign in or sign up.

Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/25/2014

Click on a price to see historical prices, comparison charts and trends.

1902 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 90.00 110 150 220 515 1200 11500 - - -
$ 35.00 64.00 67.50 70.00 82.50 90.00 100.00 120 165 245 580 2000 28200 -
NGC Price and Value Guides Disclaimer

Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 711
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


Upcoming Auctions

A random selection of NGC coins is shown below.

Images
Date
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
4/20/2014 AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 800, 809/Lot# 745


Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1623 $1,437.50
4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 242 $172.50
1/3/2006 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 1346 $862.50
9/27/2006 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2265, 2265/Lot# 1112 $644.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1185 $287.50
8/4/2009 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #29083, 29083/Lot# 24102 $74.00
2/26/2012 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/26/2012, 9/Lot# 36375 $11.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 67   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2350 $28,750.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1902 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base202841598110612314315917119020122725535458197416093009515860897138
2232476689111129148163177193209236288429712118520753725546864380
000000129148163177193209236288429712118520753725546800
000000136153167183197218245321505843139725424441577800
1902 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6666666312714315517118320123730451510281707293654471193121642
6666625841321471601751892132593746861254211637737608151680
00000084132147160175189213259374686125421163773760800
000000105137151165179195225281444857148025264610976900
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 67
Points: 3009
Owner: NMK8104
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 1028
Owner: Sierra Collection
 
View the Registry Image Gallery

Related Articles

A Heaping Helping of Hospitality in Houston

12/15/2011  — Teletrade Celebrates Silver Anniversary and Heritage NY Sale Captures $6.8 Million
View full article >
Conservation Showcase: 1902 Liberty Nickel Five Cent

11/22/2010  — A recent example from our conservation laboratory.
View full article >


NGC Auction Central Disclaimer