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 50.00 65.00 70.00 80.00 95.00 105 120 140 180 315 875 3250 15000 - - -
$ 55.00 70.00 77.00 88.00 105 115 130 160 200 380 1100 5250 23500 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 445
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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1/3/2007 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 2122 $4,600.00
9/14/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 410, 416/Lot# 136 $230.00
9/12/2011 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3136, 3136/Lot# 1300 $90.00
5/20/2012 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/20/2012, 23/Lot# 52629 $26.99
8/17/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131434/Lot# 27058 $223.25
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1283 $575.00
12/5/2014 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3511, 6080/Lot# 20091 $517.00


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