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: 7/2/2015

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1887 5C MS
Base $ 13.00 19.00 33.00 48.00 78.00 100.00 105 125 138 165 195 225 375 1050 3000 14500 - - -
$ 87.00 - - 130 145 175 215 280 550 1300 7250 - -

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Total Graded: 467
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66

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7/31/1993 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 1993 ANA Sale #107, 107/Lot# 6032 $341.00
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1602 $978.00
1/22/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 325, 331/Lot# 5357 $310.50
9/18/2011 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3139, 3139/Lot# 1344 $110.00
12/8/2013 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/08/2013, 104/Lot# 156779 $797.50
10/12/2014 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 162420 $735.00
3/27/2015 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 5268 $2,056.25
7/9/2015 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(4), 1222/Lot# 7142 $646.25
7/9/2015 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(4), 1222/Lot# 7143 $646.25

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