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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Last Updated: 8/31/2015

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1886 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 250 325 400 510 690 840 890 950 1250 1300 1350 1825 2650 3750 6500 27000 - - - -
$ 750 - - 1050 - - 1500 2000 3000 4400 9000 36000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 834
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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5/27/2007 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 929 $1,380.00
7/23/2009 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 395, 401/Lot# 8158 $1,092.50
7/15/2012 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 3311, 3311/Lot# 1679 $925.00
10/17/2012 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1141 $558.13
3/30/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 164825 $1,817.20
10/4/2015 NGC F 12   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131541/Lot# 23069 $282.00
1/6/2016 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(3), 1231/Lot# 4766 $2,820.00
7/7/2016 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 July 7 - 10 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(5), 1237/Lot# 7174 $940.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1886 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6747258659901152138114611547159916581928196920092352283433454290765180628308961912178
69177290710441228140814901564161917481942198221232513300436605410778881448745104720
0000001490156416191748194219822123251330043660541077888144874500
0000001518158216381838195519962238267331753975653179258226918200
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 4290
Owner: JTO
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 4290
Owner: NMK8104
 
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