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: 8/31/2015

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1888 5C MS
Base $ 27.00 40.00 60.00 115 180 225 235 255 275 315 345 385 625 1475 6700 - - - -
$ - - - 265 295 330 380 440 700 2250 15000 - -

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Total Graded: 390
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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9/29/2002 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2002 September Long Beach Bullet Sale #301, 301/Lot# 499 $195.50
6/27/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 383 $263.35
9/19/2010 NGC MS 66   Goldberg $1,783.00
9/21/2010 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 2929, 2929/Lot# 1039 $141.00
11/11/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131247/Lot# 20069 $105.75
2/3/2013 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/03/2013, 60/Lot# 96742 $30.00
3/6/2015 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 81 $3,055.00
7/19/2015 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131530/Lot# 27064 $400.68

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