Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 15,260,692
Catalog: KM-112
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5g
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: 482
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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10/5/2016 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1240/Lot# 7166


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2/27/2003 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2003 February Long Beach Signature Sale #314, 314/Lot# 5705 $690.00
4/10/2006 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 82: The Down Under Sale, 87/Lot# 284 $184.00
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 121 $488.75
2/28/2012 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1836 $345.00
4/15/2012 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 3259, 3259/Lot# 1263 $675.00
1/8/2014 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1201/Lot# 8454 $763.75
7/6/2014 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 162420 $735.00
11/6/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(5), 1211/Lot# 7327 $1,292.50


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