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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/2/2015

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1887 5C MS
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Base $ 13.00 19.00 33.00 48.00 78.00 100.00 105 125 138 150 165 195 225 375 1050 3000 14500 - - -
$ 87.00 - - 130 145 - 175 215 280 550 1300 7250 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 484
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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10/24/2017 MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131743/Lot# 27038


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5/4/2005 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2005 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Auction #372, 372/Lot# 5965 $1,207.50
4/10/2006 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 82: The Down Under Sale, 87/Lot# 284 $184.00
9/23/2007 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1176 $299.00
8/17/2008 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2572, 2572/Lot# 1215 $336.00
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7483 $376.00
8/31/2014 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 162420 $735.00
3/27/2015 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 5268 $2,056.25
12/3/2015 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1227/Lot# 3048 $8,225.00
6/8/2017 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1256/Lot# 7223 $646.25


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