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: 743
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 66

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4/26/2015 MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1219/Lot# 3532
4/26/2015 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1219/Lot# 3531

Auction Prices Realized

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10/5/2003 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 1788, 1788/Lot# 1062 $495.00
1/15/2008 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) US Coin Final Session #455, 455/Lot# 7738 $488.75
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1139 $695.75
10/18/2012 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1175/Lot# 3417 $1,028.13
2/24/2013 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/24/2013, 63/Lot# 50531 $859.10
1/26/2014 NGC F 15   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 788, 797/Lot# 848 $320.00
1/26/2014 NGC Details AG Details  Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1006 $94.00
4/6/2014 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/06/2014, 175/Lot# 184553 $1,279.30

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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