Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,790
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 PF obverse 1885 5C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The proof 1885 nickel enjoyed a generous mintage, and examples remain plentiful today. Given the rarity of Mint State currency pieces, these proofs have long filled this date slot for many collectors, which has increased demand for this date within the proof series. The high number certified represents a greater inclination to have 1885 nickels graded than exists for other dates.

Most survivors appear to have been well made, though weakness may sometimes be seen in the same places as for currency strikes: the hair above Liberty's forehead and the lower left of the wreath at the corn cob.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1885 5C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 775 975 995 1120 1220 1600 1800 2000 2600 14500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 1880 2200 7300 20000
1885 5C PF CA
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 1250 1380 1750 2050 2200 4750 16000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 3000 8100 -
1885 5C PF UC
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1950 3100 7300 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 14500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 798
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/21/2020 1885 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------3411276621422198172--663
----------------1-3---4
---------------212-1--6
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Total----------34112766216223100203--673
 ----------0 %1 %2 %4 %10 %32 %33 %15 %3 %0 %-- 
1885 5C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------3537393613---133
----------------1321--7
----------------113---5
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Total-------------35374140181--145
 -------------2 %3 %26 %28 %28 %12 %1 %-- 
1885 5C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------2----2
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Total-----------------2----2
 -----------------100 %---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 5C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1182121912571296133713771419146315071551159716441749191720292106249527544539646471388315
1194123212701310135013911434147815221566161316791805195420552236258133495181668975300
0000001434147815221566161316791805195420552236258133495181668900
0000001448149215361582162817141861199220802365266839445822691300
1885 5C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1276131613571398144114841528157316201667171517651905205221362433305745124729682079609234
1289133013711412145514991543158916361683173218121954208022352641354245845426720083850
0000001543158916361683173218121954208022352641354245845426720000
0000001558160416511699174818582003210823342849402746576123758000
1885 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1114115111871225126413031343138314261469147715581658182119072029225025253324622467967138
1126116312001238127713161356139714401472150415911712185019482103234227914291641569100
0000001356139714401472150415911712185019482103234227914291641500
0000001370141214551474153116251767187819882176243330585257660500
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Grade: PF 67 CAMEO
Points: 5181
Owner: R
 
Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 4539
Owner: BAYOU BENGAL
 
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