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
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 734
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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9/27/2004 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1941, 1941/Lot# 1135 $522.50
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 111 $228.00
1/15/2008 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) US Coin Final Session #455, 455/Lot# 7754 $241.50
10/18/2010 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 524, 531/Lot# 1073 $948.75
10/27/2013 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 775, 784/Lot# 1210 $956.00
4/14/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3477, 6026/Lot# 20121 $1,263.13
6/8/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 200631 $185.90


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1901 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base202841598110612314315516317518321624835458899016093009515860897138
2232476689111129147157167177194226283432722119620753725546864380
000000129147157167177194226283432722119620753725546800
000000136151160171180205237318510856140225424441577800
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 1609
Owner: NMK8104
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 1196
Owner: Old Pueblo Collection
 
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