Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,326,000
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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1886 5C MS obverse 1886 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The suspension of five-cent coinage that began in March 1885 was not lifted until the last quarter of 1886, resulting in another low-mintage date. It took that long for demand to pick up enough for the Mint to resume production.

Though overshadowed by the very scarce 1885 nickel, the 1886 edition is even more rare in Mint State. Gems are especially elusive, as little attention was paid to these coins by collectors who, until recent decades, simply preferred the more common proofs.

Several repunched date varieties are known for 1886, but these are not interesting enough to carry any premium value for this already expensive date.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/25/2014

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1886 5C MS
Base $ 250 325 400 510 690 840 890 950 1250 1350 1825 2750 4200 7350 28000 - - - -
$ 750 875 925 1050 1300 1500 2000 3000 5000 9000 36000 - -

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Total Graded: 736
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 66

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9/28/2006 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2266, 2266/Lot# 1021 $1,736.00
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 929 $1,380.00
6/26/2011 PCGS G 6   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/26/2011, 123/Lot# 11712 $236.50
6/30/2011 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 597, 604/Lot# 7092 $1,265.00
9/6/2012 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1174/Lot# 3629 $940.00
10/17/2012 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1141 $558.13
5/26/2013 PCGS G 4   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131323/Lot# 28626 $182.13
10/12/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 171903 $75.00
3/13/2015 PCGS G 4   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3525, 6094/Lot# 22054 $129.25

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1886 5C MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 4623
Owner: NMK8104
Grade: AU 53
Points: 1547
Owner: redbird97
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