Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,336
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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1889 5C PF obverse 1889 5C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In his reference A Guide Book of Shield and Liberty Head Nickels, Q. David Bowers notes of this date that some of the proofs have more satiny than brilliant surfaces, making them look like gem currency pieces. This is certainly the case with the coin illustrated.

Proof 1889 nickels are similar to those of 1888 in that planchet problems left many of them dull and grainy. As on the piece illustrated, the corn cob at the lower left of the wreath may be incomplete. The U. S. Mint was generally careless in the making of its proofs during the late 1880s, and even the rare gold proofs have certain issues.

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Last Updated: 2/25/2014

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1889 5C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 160 180 220 265 350 625 900 3500 13500 - -
$ - - - - - 175 195 230 290 390 680 1250 6300 -
1889 5C PF Cameo
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2800 6600 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 616
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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3/25/1996 NGC PF 65   Teletrade Auction 0826, 826/Lot# 241 $392.40
2/10/2008 NGC PF 66   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1929 $862.50
1/6/2010 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 7539 $632.50
2/28/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1837 $690.00
7/12/2012 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 7649 $805.00
9/15/2013 NGC PF 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 769, 778/Lot# 204 $450.00
10/13/2013 NGC PF 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/13/2013, 96/Lot# 143823 $255.20
4/20/2014 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131417/Lot# 22095 $270.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base50729813117122325528831132735136639843156060998212962124414149355836
5780109144188233266295316335356376409474576733108615722796440552350
000000266295316335356376409474576733108615722796440500
000000277303321343361387420517592857119118483468467000
1889 5C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base81111147190248317360404434453482502544586749807126216392614493558366853
91123161209271331374414440462488516558640768958138719643387523561750
000000374414440462488516558640768958138719643387523500
0000003894244464724955305726947871110151322894161553500
1889 5C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111147190248317404453502539563597620667717802974149419203009556365457651
1231612092713464204695145475746046356837458591147163622833860589069130
0000004695145475746046356837458591147163622833860589000
0000004855265555856126517007739161320177826464711621700
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 2124
Owner: SLUGGO
 
Grade: PF 65
Points: 982
Owner: mania
 
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