Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 16,026,200
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1883 CENTS 5C MS obverse 1883 CENTS 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Since the Liberty Head design had been conceived as part of a three-coin set including nickel cents and three-cent pieces of the same design, it was considered unnecessary to include the word CENTS; it would clearly be understood in the context of three matching coins. When only the five-cent piece was actually issued with the new design, sharpers immediately seized on this opportunity by gold plating them and passing them to the unfamiliar as gold five-dollar pieces which, unfortunately, were of about the same size and thickness. The extent to which this was done has been greatly exaggerated, but the fact that it worked even one time would have been enough to force a redesign. The word CENTS was added at the bottom of the reverse, and this caused the Latin motto to be reduced in size and squeezed into a small space above the wreath.

Though the mintage of this subtype was five times that of the No CENTS nickel in 1883, there existed no incentive to same them in Mint State, so this coin is much more scarce across all grades. Nevertheless, there appear to be enough gems to satisfy advanced collectors of the series. Many will reveal slender die cracks, a problem that retired most dies before they could show much wear.

At least three repunched date varieties are known for this issue. One of them (FS-1301) is transitional with the No CENTS issue, a fact seemingly unreported in reference books.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/22/2019

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1883 CENTS 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 21.00 27.00 38.00 50.00 80.00 110 140 150 160 175 180 205 235 310 600 2200 14500 - - -
$ 90.00 - - 155 170 - 190 225 250 350 875 3400 22500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1187
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/3/2019 1883 CENTS 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base5819614712985599557140200337158462---1187
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----------------121---4
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Total5819614712985599557140200337159483---1191
 0 %1 %2 %1 %1 %1 %1 %1 %1 %5 %8 %0 %5 %12 %17 %28 %13 %4 %0 %--- 

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2/11/1998 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1023, 1023/Lot# 1134 $174.40
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1883 CENTS 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7276115151220304351423437450489539563631684847136322687543795086339359
73891271742483203754284414635065475866497381019166540267679817888750
0000003754284414635065475866497381019166540267679817800
0000003994324464765225556086667931191196657857814840500
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 7543
Owner: Archer Collection
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 7543
Owner: NMK8104
 
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