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: 8/31/2015

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1886 5C MS
Base $ 250 325 400 510 690 840 890 950 1250 1350 1825 2650 3750 6500 27000 - - - -
$ 750 - - 1050 - 1500 2000 3000 4400 9000 36000 - -

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Total Graded: 756
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 66

Upcoming Auctions

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10/13/2015 G 6   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131541/Lot# 23420
10/13/2015 G 4   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131541/Lot# 23068
10/13/2015 F 12   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131541/Lot# 23069
11/1/2015 UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1225/Lot# 7183
11/1/2015 MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1225/Lot# 3954

Auction Prices Realized

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5/5/2004 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346, 346/Lot# 6157 $1,092.50
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 929 $1,380.00
3/17/2011 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(1), 1153/Lot# 3218 $977.50
5/15/2012 NGC FA 2   Teletrade Auction 3277, 3277/Lot# 1056 $61.00
10/17/2012 PCGS VG 8   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24319 $212.75
6/2/2013 PCGS MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 754, 763/Lot# 337 $1,253.00
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 184858 $3,100.00
1/29/2015 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1217/Lot# 7156 $851.88
8/12/2015 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1223/Lot# 3440 $4,465.00

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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