Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,582
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 PF obverse 1888 5C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The proof nickels of this date are often disappointing, with incomplete strikes and deficient mirror surfaces. The planchets can be a bit granular and dull, and the edges are more often rounded than squared.

Due to the large numbers of proof nickels sold, the chance of finding a gem remains fairly good, but one will have to sift through the lesser pieces to do it. Cameo proofs are very rare for this date.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/26/2019

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1888 5C PF
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1888 5C PF CA
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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 795
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/20/2020 1888 5C PF
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Base-----------3321863082568314---774
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Total-----------3321863092588514---779
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1888 5C PF CA
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Base--------------18921---21
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Total--------------18921---21
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 5C PF CA
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Base3663813984154314484664845055245445656296998471138219738174064493558366853
3713874044204374544724915115315515866527489441491273738994354523561750
0000004724915115315515866527489441491273738994354523500
00000047849851853755860867679810411844327739824645553600
1888 5C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4064234394584774945155345535775976206727479031206230839844239556365457651
41242844546448350152154056158460563769779910041573286740694680589069140
00000052154056158460563769779910041573286740694680589000
00000052854756959061265572285111051941342541545122621800
1888 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base339354369384401418434450469487507527586653754908123916833730414149355836
3443593743904074234394564754945145476086878051018138723653867440652350
0000004394564754945145476086878051018138723653867440600
0000004454634815005205666317208571129153530484004467000
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 3730
Owner: SLUGGO
 
Grade: PF 65
Points: 1239
Owner: Steve's Excellent Collections
 
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