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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/23/2019

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1888 5C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 180 200 235 255 330 520 730 3300 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 400 700 1300 5100 -
1888 5C PF CA
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 315 500 1200 4000 7100 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 6300 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 787
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: 12/10/2019 1888 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------2321853032558414---767
----------------1-----1
---------------112----4
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Total-----------2321853042578614---772
 -----------0 %0 %3 %11 %39 %33 %11 %2 %--- 
1888 5C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------17921---20
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Total--------------17921---20
 --------------5 %35 %45 %10 %5 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/25/2004 PCGS PF 65   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1603 $437.00
3/12/2007 NGC PF 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 130, 135/Lot# 233 $287.50
5/27/2012 NGC PF 60   Teletrade Auction 3283, 3283/Lot# 1244 $184.00
10/18/2012 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 7890 $270.25
12/29/2013 PCGS PF 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/29/2013, 170/Lot# 160473 $396.00
2/27/2014 NGC PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(3), 1203/Lot# 4421 $1,997.50
4/1/2014 PCGS PF 63   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7484 $193.88
12/17/2017 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131752/Lot# 27108 $360.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 5C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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 64
Points: 908
Owner: doobiewahsasha
 
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