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: 7/17/2014

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1888 5C MS
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Base $ 27.00 40.00 60.00 115 180 180 225 235 255 275 300 315 345 385 600 1250 7350 - - - -
$ 190 235 245 265 295 315 330 380 440 700 1950 12500 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 371
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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6/27/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 383 $263.35
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2514 $1,897.50
3/24/2010 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 March Fort Worth, TX Signature ANA US Coin Auction #1138, 1138/Lot# 7603 $431.25
5/13/2012 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 3275, 3275/Lot# 1222 $80.00
2/3/2013 NGC Details VG Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/03/2013, 60/Lot# 96741 $20.00
2/22/2013 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6827 $258.50
6/23/2013 NGC F 15   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/23/2013, 80/Lot# 96827 $55.00
7/27/2014 PCGS VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/27/2014, 201/Lot# 209105 $55.00
9/14/2014 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131438/Lot# 27756 $470.00


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