Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 15,260,692
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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1887 5C MS obverse 1887 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This date is fairly common across most grades, but it becomes scarce at the gem level (MS 65 and higher). It's large mintage stretched the dies, with the result that many examples are found with some of die erosion and granular surfaces. It's rare to find one with 13 completely formed stars and a full corn cob in the lower left of the wreath.

Several repunched date varieties are known for this date, but they elicit little interest. Far more compelling is a distinct doubled-die reverse most visible in the upper lettering. A lesser DDR variety is also known, but collector interst focuses on FS-801.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/25/2014

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1887 5C MS
Base $ 13.00 19.00 33.00 48.00 78.00 78.00 100.00 105 125 138 150 165 195 225 375 1000 3500 - - - -
$ 87.00 105 110 130 150 160 175 215 280 550 1300 11165 - -

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Total Graded: 460
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66

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12/2/1996 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0898, 898/Lot# 1091 $392.40
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1602 $978.00
5/5/2004 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346, 346/Lot# 6160 $632.50
4/10/2006 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 82: The Down Under Sale, 87/Lot# 284 $184.00
1/6/2010 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 477 $2,760.00
8/11/2011 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(1), 1158/Lot# 3345 $6,325.00
2/28/2012 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1836 $345.00
10/12/2014 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 162420 $735.00

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