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: 426
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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7/16/2007 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2395, 2395/Lot# 1126 $504.00
7/22/2010 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 499, 505/Lot# 7125 $448.50
9/19/2010 NGC MS 66   Goldberg $1,783.00
10/13/2011 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(1), 1160/Lot# 3372 $1,035.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2387 $517.50
1/13/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131304/Lot# 20863 $135.13
2/10/2013 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/10/2013, 61/Lot# 96840 $40.00
6/9/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20151 $5,228.75


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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