Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 10,167,901
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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1888 5C MS obverse 1888 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This date is similar to the 1887 coins in that die erosion and mediocre luster greatly limits the number of gems certified. The example illustrated also has a couple of obverse die cracks, though this problem was mostly overcome for the type after 1884. This same coin features a superior strike for the date.

There are a couple of repunched date varieties for 1888, one of which is also a doubled-die obverse and is quite rare. A much lesser RPD is also known, but it is of interest only to series specialists.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/2/2015

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1888 5C MS
Base $ 27.00 40.00 60.00 115 180 225 235 255 275 315 345 385 625 1500 6700 - - - -
$ - - - 265 295 330 380 440 700 2250 15000 - -

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Total Graded: 388
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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2/27/2003 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2003 February Long Beach Signature Sale #314, 314/Lot# 5707 $1,265.00
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1605 $2,300.00
6/27/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 383 $263.35
1/3/2006 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 1324 $1,955.00
4/22/2007 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2356, 2356/Lot# 1098 $358.40
7/6/2014 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 96808 $70.00
7/4/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21116 $5,228.75

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