Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,763
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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1909 5C PF obverse 1909 5C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The high mintage of proof nickels, nearly three times that of 1908, did not reflect a greater interest in this coin type. Instead, it was the result of the U. S. Mint issuing no less than three types of cents that year. These cents were not offered singly, but were instead sold in pairs with the nickel as a "minor proof set." To get the hot-ticket cents, one had to buy unwanted nickels, too.

In his reference A Guide Book of Shield and Liberty Head Nickels, Q. David Bowers asserted that this date is more rare than its published mintage suggests, speculating that many were either spent as useless or simply not distributed by the Mint. The NGC certified population, however, contradicts this notion, as the totals across several grades are much higher than for surrounding dates.

Perhaps because the Philadelphia Mint was compelled to strike so many 1909 proof nickels, their quality is a bit substandard. Like the example illustrated, many show less than full strikes in the stars and the corn ear at the lower left of the wreath. On the plus side, this date has a greater number of Cameo pieces than for the several years preceding.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/12/2014

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1909 5C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - 110 115 125 145 160 180 200 250 355 590 870 1750 6500 - -
$ - 115 125 135 155 175 195 215 280 500 720 1030 3165 -
1909 5C PF Cameo
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 525 735 1075 3750 9100 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 550 810 1675 5100 -
1909 5C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 750 1300 2500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 865 1500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1297
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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1/12/2015 PF 68  Cameo Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1216/Lot# 3607
1/12/2015 PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1216/Lot# 9583


Auction Prices Realized

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7/2/2006 PCGS PF 65   Teletrade Auction 2226, 2226/Lot# 1171 $644.00
2/11/2007 NGC PF 65   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1152 $575.00
5/9/2007 PCGS PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2007 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #434, 434/Lot# 1571 $1,495.00
2/7/2013 NGC PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1182/Lot# 7564 $763.75
4/28/2013 PCGS PF 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/28/2013, 72/Lot# 112447 $605.00
8/11/2013 PCGS PF 65   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 764, 773/Lot# 752 $2,713.00
6/30/2014 NGC PF 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3488, 6037/Lot# 20123 $464.13


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base45638511515520523426528530132033636940446359793312962124414149355836
517095128171214244271290307325347380423507709105415722796440552350
000000244271290307325347380423507709105415722796440500
000000254278295313330358392443552821117518483468467000
1909 5C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7298131175227292330369398418445463507551627807120416392614493558366853
80109145192248304343378404427451477521576687939134919643387523561750
000000343378404427451477521576687939134919643387523500
0000003563884114364574925366017471071149422894161553500
1909 5C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base98131175227292369418463497519553575624676764974142719203009556365457651
1091451922483173854334745045305605916417058341125159122833860589069130
0000004334745045305605916417058341125159122833860589000
0000004484855115415676076587349041276175526464711621700
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Grade: PF 68
Points: 5696
Owner: Zakmar
 
Grade: PF 68 CA
Points: 4935
Owner: SLUGGO
 
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