Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 8,841,058
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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1896 5C MS obverse 1896 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

1896 is the last of a trio of low-mintage issues that kicked off in 1894. The Panic of 1893 and its aftermath were to blame for such reduced demand.

Mint State survivors are scarce for this date, with gems being in short supply. Even circulated coins grading F 12 and higher are elusive and on many collectors' want lists. Less than fully struck examples are the norm, with the piece illustrated being only slightly better than average.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/2/2015

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1896 5C MS
Base $ 9.50 20.00 40.00 65.00 95.00 150 160 170 185 220 245 325 450 2500 7000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 265 350 635 3200 14750 - -

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Total Graded: 317
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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8/23/2000 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1350, 1350/Lot# 1073 $250.70
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 1423 $1,322.50
7/12/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1172/Lot# 3938 $2,530.00
6/30/2013 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 407 $1,256.00
2/2/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/02/2014, 177/Lot# 168944 $271.21
7/25/2014 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3492, 6043/Lot# 22109 $223.25
9/4/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1209/Lot# 3058 $6,462.50
1/7/2015 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1216/Lot# 9529 $940.00
3/6/2015 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 86 $1,645.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1896 5C MS
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2464
Owner: NMK8104
Grade: MS 65
Points: 1707
Owner: Davis Creek Trust
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