Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 15,260,692
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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1887 5C MS obverse 1887 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This date is fairly common across most grades, but it becomes scarce at the gem level (MS 65 and higher). It's large mintage stretched the dies, with the result that many examples are found with some of die erosion and granular surfaces. It's rare to find one with 13 completely formed stars and a full corn cob in the lower left of the wreath.

Several repunched date varieties are known for this date, but they elicit little interest. Far more compelling is a distinct doubled-die reverse most visible in the upper lettering. A lesser DDR variety is also known, but collector interst focuses on FS-801.

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Last Updated: 11/22/2019

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1887 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 13.50 22.50 37.00 54.00 95.00 110 115 125 140 155 160 190 215 320 725 1900 11000 - - -
$ 100.00 - - 135 150 - 180 205 255 425 1050 5650 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 500
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/21/2020 1887 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base111-73727152441458991667021----500
---------------121----4
---------------2------2
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Total111-73727152441458991697222----506
 0 %0 %0 %-1 %1 %1 %0 %1 %3 %5 %1 %3 %11 %20 %33 %14 %4 %---- 

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