Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,472,700
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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1885 5C MS obverse 1885 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The production of nickels was suspended early in 1885 after fewer than 1.5 million were coined. This was due to both a reduction in demand and problems with the Mint's supplier of planchets. Examples are scarce to rare across all grades, with Mint State pieces being particularly elusive. Until the 1980s, most advanced collectors simply filled this slot with a proof, as those are much more available, but currency pieces are now prized for their special status as rarities.

Given its limited mintage, it's not surprising that no varieties have surfaced for the 1885 nickel. Of course, a variety would have to be major to surpass the large premium already attached to any 1885 nickel for its rarity as a date.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/25/2014

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1885 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 535 685 825 1000 1450 1450 1775 1900 2050 2500 2650 2750 3075 3800 6000 11500 23000 95000 - - -
$ 1575 1875 2000 2200 2650 2800 2950 3300 4400 7650 13000 28000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 798
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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12/19/1999 PCGS AG 3   Teletrade Auction 1249, 1249/Lot# 1086 $163.50
9/6/2009 PCGS G 4   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2501 $517.50
2/15/2010 NGC G 4   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 464 $460.00
12/26/2010 NGC G 4   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 211011/Lot# 20021 $460.00
5/4/2014 NGC Details FA Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131419/Lot# 26511 $110.45
6/22/2014 PCGS Genuine VG   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131426/Lot# 20430 $235.00
8/10/2014 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 816, 825/Lot# 18 $1,375.00
9/7/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 113986 $865.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10211110127114831725179920332335237524642699276529593164337936043841408946968155945212609
10501163134115631749187721332348240425422721282930273235345436833923429158498587105040
0000002133234824042542272128293027323534543683392342915849858700
0000002234236124342620274328943095330735293762400644937002901900
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 3164
Owner: JTO
 
Grade: G 6
Points: 1110
Owner: mikefromct
 
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