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
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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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 455
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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1/12/2015 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1216/Lot# 9524


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2/3/1995 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions February 1995 Long Beach Bullet Sale #129, 129/Lot# 117 $99.00
11/4/1998 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1102, 1102/Lot# 1250 $174.40
2/21/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #29, 33/Lot# 112 $218.50
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 95 $1,064.00
3/28/2009 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 March Baltimore, MD Signature US Coin Auction #1126, 1126/Lot# 7869 $747.50
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1184/Lot# 1463 $10,575.00
6/8/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 199462 $133.29
8/29/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3497, 6051/Lot# 22037 $99.88


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