Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,474,300
Catalog: KM-111
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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1883 NO CENTS 5C MS obverse 1883 NO CENTS 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The dies for Charles Barber's new Liberty Head Nickel were not quite ready at the beginning of 1883, and the Philadelphia Mint was compelled to produce well over a million of the old Shield Nickels to meet immediate demand. The first new coins were struck January 30 and released two days later.

This issue had a fairly short production run before the reverse was revised to include the value CENTS (see next entry). As a new design, this coin would have been hoarded to some extent in any case, but false rumors spread that the CENTS-less nickels would be recalled and become rare. As a result, this is the most common Liberty Head Nickel in Mint State grades, and circulated pieces grading XF and AU are also rather common. Gems are plentiful, to the delight of type collectors seeking this one-year-only edition.

The typical 1883 No CENTS nickel is weakly struck in several stars and at the corn cob in the lower left portion of the wreath (this second trouble spot is directly opposite the highest point of relief on the obverse). Well struck pieces are available, due to the sheer number of Mint State survivors.

This type and all subsequent copper-nickel five-cent pieces are slightly larger in diameter than the Shield type. This change was made to improve striking quality, though it was only modestly successful in that respect. At five grams the nickel was still too thick in relation to its diameter for good filling of the dies.

This issue is rich in repunched date varieties, most of them rather minor. The better ones are recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/2/2015

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Base $ 7.50 8.75 10.00 11.25 12.50 14.00 15.50 19.00 24.00 33.00 41.00 62.00 95.00 230 435 4000 - - -
$ - - - - 26.00 36.00 47.00 66.00 105 250 950 - -

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Total Graded: 7114
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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9/1/2015 MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131535/Lot# 21094
9/20/2015 MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1224/Lot# 3276

Auction Prices Realized

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3/2/1995 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1995 Atlanta Bullet Sale #132, 132/Lot# 110 $132.00
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1920 $460.00
9/22/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 285, 291/Lot# 267 $63.25
6/2/2010 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2010 June Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1140, 1140/Lot# 7340 $189.75
10/30/2011 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/30/2011, 142/Lot# 23156 $41.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1171/Lot# 7746 $241.50
11/20/2012 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 3385, 3385/Lot# 1046 $159.00
5/12/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3481, 6030/Lot# 20104 $152.75

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1883 NO CENTS 5C MS
1883 NO CENTS 5C MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3433
Owner: NMK8104
Grade: MS 67
Points: 2754
Owner: Davis Creek Trust
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