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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Last Updated: 8/31/2015

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1888 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 27.00 40.00 60.00 115 180 225 235 255 275 300 315 345 385 625 1475 6700 - - - -
$ - - - 265 295 - 330 380 440 700 2250 15000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 424
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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7/25/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #47, 52/Lot# 109 $299.00
4/22/2007 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2356, 2356/Lot# 1098 $358.40
1/31/2010 PCGS   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 905 $230.00
5/22/2011 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131122/Lot# 26687 $138.00
12/5/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1192/Lot# 7300 $440.63
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7485 $763.75
7/4/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21116 $5,228.75
8/31/2014 NGC VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 96628 $95.00
3/5/2017 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131711/Lot# 23127 $470.00


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 63
Points: 966
Owner: Clay
 
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