Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 26,478,228
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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1901 5C MS obverse 1901 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This high mintage issue is fairly common across all grades through MS 65. The dies were run a long time to produce so many coins, with the result that most survivors display worn, pebbly fields having indifferent luster. Poorly struck pieces are likewise the norm (note the weak lower wreath on the coin illustrated).

Several repunched date varieties are known for 1901 nickels, all of them quite minor. Of more interest is the fact that two different hubs were employed to make reverse dies for this date. The old hub is illustrated here, while the new hub has the leaf tip above the left side of the V noticeably closer. There presently exists little interest in these transitional varieties, and it's not known which is the rarer, if either.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/25/2014

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1901 5C MS
Base $ 2.00 2.75 5.00 13.75 32.00 32.00 60.00 62.50 65.00 77.50 85.00 90.00 120 155 225 525 1375 18400 - - -
$ 35.00 64.00 67.50 70.00 82.50 90.00 100.00 135 175 250 650 4400 28200 -

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Total Graded: 747
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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7/4/2001 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1455, 1455/Lot# 1170 $436.00
1/10/2005 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #24, 28/Lot# 74 $494.50
10/2/2007 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2007 September Long Beach, CA US Coin Final Session #447, 447/Lot# 7544 $276.00
2/1/2009 NGC MS 63   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 785 $162.00
8/8/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(1), 1188/Lot# 3349 $1,398.25
4/14/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3477, 6026/Lot# 20121 $1,263.13
4/28/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3479, 6028/Lot# 20116 $1,263.13
9/7/2014 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 217744 $200.00
9/19/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3500, 6054/Lot# 22090 $793.13

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