Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 22,684,557
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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1908 5C MS obverse 1908 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Due to the Panic of 1907, the mintage of nickels fell somewhat this year, but this is still a very common coin across most grades. The population of certified gems is lower than usual for post-1900 dates, and this issue may provide some challenge to the collector.

The year 1908 is notable for a far greater than usual number of repunched date and misplaced date varieties affecting several coin denominations, the nickel included. Perhaps this cluster of varieties is what prompted the Mint to begin including each denomination's date in the master die beginning in 1909. Thereafter, RPDs and MPDs became impossible.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/25/2014

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1908 5C MS
Base $ 2.00 2.75 4.50 13.75 32.00 32.00 60.00 62.50 65.00 77.50 85.00 90.00 120 150 230 1050 3600 9500 - - -
$ 35.00 64.00 67.50 70.00 82.50 90.00 100.00 130 165 410 1650 5500 - -
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Total Graded: 542
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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9/15/2003 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 172 $719.00
3/28/2009 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 March Baltimore, MD Signature US Coin Auction #1126, 1126/Lot# 7884 $891.25
8/17/2010 NGC Details G Details  Teletrade Auction 2908, 2908/Lot# 1044 $3.00
2/3/2011 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1152/Lot# 7625 $161.00
3/11/2012 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/11/2012, 12/Lot# 36456 $28.00
3/31/2013 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 745, 754/Lot# 63 $100.00
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1201/Lot# 8457 $949.40
7/11/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20122 $405.38

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