Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,326,000
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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1886 5C MS obverse 1886 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The suspension of five-cent coinage that began in March 1885 was not lifted until the last quarter of 1886, resulting in another low-mintage date. It took that long for demand to pick up enough for the Mint to resume production.

Though overshadowed by the very scarce 1885 nickel, the 1886 edition is even more rare in Mint State. Gems are especially elusive, as little attention was paid to these coins by collectors who, until recent decades, simply preferred the more common proofs.

Several repunched date varieties are known for 1886, but these are not interesting enough to carry any premium value for this already expensive date.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/22/2020

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1886 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 205 300 350 485 650 775 825 850 1200 1250 1325 1575 1910 2800 5450 15000 50000 - - -
$ 675 - - 1025 - - 1375 1700 2675 3450 8050 35000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 958
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
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: 1/19/2021 1886 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2111978058652220101119504294346642432---958
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Total2111978058652220101119504294346672432---961
 22%20%8%6%7%2%2%1%1%2%5%0%3%4%5%7%2%0%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1886 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6747258659901152138114611547159916581928196920092352283433454290765180628308961912178
691772907104412281408149015641619174819421982212325133004366054107788814487451047212787
0000001490156416191748194219822123251330043660541077888144874500
0000001518158216381838195519962238267331753975653179258226918200
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 4290
Owner: JTO
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 4290
Owner: NMK8104
 
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