Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 10,167,901
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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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: 8/31/2015

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1888 5C MS
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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Total Graded: 405
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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6/27/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 383 $263.35
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2514 $1,897.50
8/11/2011 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(1), 1158/Lot# 3346 $7,475.00
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10/17/2012 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1145 $2,081.50
10/12/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 96808 $70.00
8/12/2015 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1223/Lot# 7303 $763.75
10/18/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131543/Lot# 27281 $540.50

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