Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,472,700
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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1885 5C MS obverse 1885 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The production of nickels was suspended early in 1885 after fewer than 1.5 million were coined. This was due to both a reduction in demand and problems with the Mint's supplier of planchets. Examples are scarce to rare across all grades, with Mint State pieces being particularly elusive. Until the 1980s, most advanced collectors simply filled this slot with a proof, as those are much more available, but currency pieces are now prized for their special status as rarities.

Given its limited mintage, it's not surprising that no varieties have surfaced for the 1885 nickel. Of course, a variety would have to be major to surpass the large premium already attached to any 1885 nickel for its rarity as a date.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/22/2020

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1885 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 375 525 650 1175 1475 1675 1775 1900 2300 2600 2700 2950 4000 4450 6750 9450 25000 - - -
$ - - - 2100 2375 - - 3150 4350 5850 8350 15000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1028
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
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: 1/26/2021 1885 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base274210925471192877133721638477425131---1028
------------------1---1
---------------41-----5
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Total274210925471192877133721638477826132---1034
 26%20%9%5%7%2%3%1%1%1%4%0%2%4%5%8%3%1%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11381186137515311707208722152319240124952754283428853045336542175515654511970125421349714504
11541249142715901834213022502346243225812781285129383152364946505858835312161128601383315229
000000225023462432258127812851293831523649465058588353121611286000
0000002284237424642668280728682992325839335082620210162123511317900
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 6545
Owner: Srotag
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 4650
Owner: Liberty1776
 
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