Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 20,426,797
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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1897 5C MS obverse 1897 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1897 ushered in a period of consistently high annual mintages that extended through the end of this series in 1912, the only exceptions being the Denver and San Francisco strikings of that final year.

High mintages did not equate to high quality. In fact, these later dates are rather difficult to find with full strikes. The dies were run too long, with erosion appearing in the form of granular or pebbly texture at the peripheries. The coin above illustrates the effects of poor striking and die erosion, though it may still achieve a high certified grade on the basis of luster and surface quality.

There are numerous repunched date varieties for the 1897 nickel, though only one is compelling enough to interest general collectors.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/17/2014

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1897 5C MS
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Base $ 3.75 6.50 12.00 27.50 50.00 65.00 70.00 80.00 95.00 120 140 180 315 875 3250 15000 - - -
$ 55.00 70.00 77.00 88.00 105 130 160 200 380 1100 5250 23500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 455
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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10/1/1993 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Long Beach Bullet #108, 108/Lot# 1107 $330.00
2/3/1997 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0916, 916/Lot# 1150 $152.60
7/18/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #46, 50/Lot# 223 $185.15
2/10/2008 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2874 $5,400.00
4/28/2009 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 7547 $747.50
7/7/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1157/Lot# 7554 $322.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2397 $862.50
6/16/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/16/2013, 79/Lot# 121694 $70.40


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