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: 7/6/2015

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1908 5C MS
Base $ 2.00 2.75 4.50 13.75 32.00 60.00 62.50 65.00 77.50 90.00 120 170 250 1050 2600 9500 - - -
$ 35.00 - - 70.00 82.50 - 130 190 410 1650 5500 - -

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Total Graded: 554
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
9/9/2004 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2004 September Long Beach Signature Sale #355, 355/Lot# 5786 $977.50
3/27/2006 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 80, 85/Lot# 177 $138.00
4/26/2006 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 April (CSNS) Signature Auction #404, 404/Lot# 958 $1,495.00
9/9/2007 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #67093, 67093/Lot# 24079 $80.50
6/12/2011 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3082, 3082/Lot# 1218 $276.00
7/27/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/27/2014, 201/Lot# 203613 $92.50
2/27/2015 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3523, 6092/Lot# 20024 $528.75

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