Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 10,167,901
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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1888 5C MS obverse 1888 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This date is similar to the 1887 coins in that die erosion and mediocre luster greatly limits the number of gems certified. The example illustrated also has a couple of obverse die cracks, though this problem was mostly overcome for the type after 1884. This same coin features a superior strike for the date.

There are a couple of repunched date varieties for 1888, one of which is also a doubled-die obverse and is quite rare. A much lesser RPD is also known, but it is of interest only to series specialists.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/22/2020

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1888 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 25.00 40.00 80.00 140 175 220 230 250 270 290 310 340 365 570 1100 3500 - - - -
$ - - - 260 280 - 325 355 410 650 1675 8000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 457
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
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: 10/20/2020 1888 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2121014298936131421242951304511----457
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Total2121014298936131421242951304611----458
 0%3%2%3%6%2%2%1%1%3%3%0%3%9%21%28%10%2%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1021111632374095756206746957357748208479009661303210643474619654576518889
10512818829446459063868170874878982986592210781571285344385261691480640
00000063868170874878982986592210781571285344385261691400
00000065668872276180583888294411911838360045285903728200
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2106
Owner: JTO
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1303
Owner: Black Hawk Collection
 
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