Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,410,500
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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1894 5C MS obverse 1894 5C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

Economic Depression dominated the period 1894-96, and this is reflected in the relatively low mintages of nickels during those years. Examples of the 1894 issue are slightly scarce across all grades F 12 and higher. The Mint State population likely includes some resubmissions, as there exists a greater urgency to secure gems of this date than for most others in the series. Like most Liberty Nickels of the 1890s, the typical piece is less than fully struck.

No varieties have been reported for the 1894 nickel, but any such that are found would have to be pretty significant to exceed the premium already attached to this date.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/2/2015

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1894 5C MS
Base $ 16.00 32.00 105 155 230 290 315 335 350 390 415 480 675 1350 2400 12000 - - -
$ 250 - - - 360 - 440 525 775 1950 5850 - -

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Total Graded: 340
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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12/9/1998 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1113, 1113/Lot# 1212 $327.00
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 73 $483.00
3/9/2009 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 344, 350/Lot# 202 $333.50
8/11/2011 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(6), 1158/Lot# 9392 $517.50
6/3/2012 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/03/2012, 25/Lot# 54777 $55.00
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1175/Lot# 3419 $1,116.25
5/6/2013 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3429, 3429/Lot# 1123 $475.00
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7496 $246.75

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1894 5C MS
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 4790
Owner: NMK8104
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1103
Owner: redbird97
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