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: 7/6/2015

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1901 5C MS
Base $ 2.00 2.75 5.00 13.75 32.00 60.00 62.50 65.00 77.50 90.00 120 155 240 525 1375 13500 - - -
$ 35.00 - - 70.00 82.50 - 135 175 265 650 2600 - -

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Total Graded: 753
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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10/16/1996 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0885, 885/Lot# 1173 $98.10
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 111 $228.00
7/30/2008 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114, 1114/Lot# 7678 $184.00
12/7/2009 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 434, 440/Lot# 93 $437.00
10/28/2012 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/28/2012, 46/Lot# 80649 $66.00
3/9/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 176307 $55.00
8/5/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7285 $1,527.50
9/19/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3500, 6054/Lot# 22090 $793.13
9/19/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3500, 6054/Lot# 22090 $793.13

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