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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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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: 8/31/2015

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1885 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 535 685 825 1000 1450 1775 1900 2050 2500 2650 2750 3075 3800 6250 11750 18000 95000 - - -
$ - - - 2200 2600 - - 3300 4400 7650 14000 28000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 918
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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9/6/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 497 $2,530.00
11/26/2007 PCGS G 4   Teletrade Auction 2455, 2455/Lot# 1086 $560.00
11/20/2011 NGC Details G Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131148/Lot# 29004 $104.00
10/18/2012 NGC Details F Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 7842 $223.25
4/1/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7478 $499.38
6/1/2014 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 806, 815/Lot# 44 $18,750.00
6/29/2014 PCGS Genuine VG   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 131396 $400.00
2/26/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 February 26 - March 1 PNG Dallas Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1218/Lot# 3034 $12,925.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11381186137515311707208722152319240124952754283428853045336542175515654511970125421349714504
1154124914271590183421302250234624322581278128512938315236494650585883531216112860138330
000000225023462432258127812851293831523649465058588353121611286000
0000002284237424642668280728682992325839335082620210162123511317900
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 6545
Owner: Srotag
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 3045
Owner: JTO
 
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