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
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1902 5C MS obverse 1902 5C MS reverse


  
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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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/25/2014

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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 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 721
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
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6/7/1999 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1172, 1172/Lot# 1128 $65.40
11/17/2003 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2003 November Bullet Sale #335, 335/Lot# 531 $186.30
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 494 $403.00
2/12/2007 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 126, 131/Lot# 234 $954.50
2/2/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/02/2014, 177/Lot# 168315 $427.53
2/16/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/16/2014, 174/Lot# 143241 $110.60
5/12/2014 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3481, 6030/Lot# 20111 $376.00


NGC Registry

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