Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,942
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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1884 5C PF obverse 1884 5C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The large mintages typical for proof minor coins during the 1880s certainly applied to this date, and examples are fairly plentiful across most grades. Gems are in good supply, and Cameo proofs also exist in collectable numbers.

Proofs of this date were generally well made, though the example illustrated reveals the same weakness at the corn cob so often seen on currency strikes. This design element is directly opposite the deepest part of the die cavity on the obverse, and this led to incomplete filling of the dies.

The coin above also shows obvious repunching of the date. This variety is not rare, constituting perhaps a third of the known proofs, but it's sufficiently appealing to command a premium. This die was later used to coin currency pieces, as well.

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1884 5C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 160 180 215 270 400 645 1000 2250 7250 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 310 440 725 1100 - -
1884 5C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 240 325 460 750 1400 5475 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 525 1075 1900 - -
1884 5C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2250 4550 18200 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 9175 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 800
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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1/12/2000 NGC PF 66   Teletrade Auction 1258, 1258/Lot# 1119 $681.25
9/6/2004 PCGS PF 65   Cameo Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 496 $603.75
1/3/2006 NGC PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 1392 $690.00
10/9/2006 NGC PF 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 108, 113/Lot# 322 $287.50
5/30/2010 PCGS PF 64   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1247 $292.00
5/30/2012 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1171/Lot# 7796 $299.00
8/12/2012 PCGS PF 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/12/2012, 35/Lot# 67952 $250.80
9/25/2013 NGC PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1189/Lot# 3211 $1,527.50
11/9/2015 PCGS PF 66   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 24794 $528.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1884 5C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3663813984154314484664845055245445656117058651081145020483976507159907027
3713874044204374544724915115315515806427589371204164926914341537763360
0000004724915115315515806427589371204164926914341537700
00000047849851853755859667481210091327184933334706568400
1884 5C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4064234394584774945155345535775976206847548381005261436576574694275608219
4124284454644835015215405615846056417077828941541296246296697714877800
0000005215405615846056417077828941541296246296697714800
0000005285475695906126637318109492078330956026819735400
1884 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base339354369527401418434450469487507527575653764990132717072614449950715990
3443594225274074234394564754945145436016908391102145420093242469053770
0000004394564754945145436016908391102145420093242469000
0000004454634815005205596277279151215158023123871488000
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Grade: PF 68 CA
Points: 5071
Owner: SLUGGO
 
Grade: PF 65 CA
Points: 1450
Owner: mania
 
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