Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 15,878,025
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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1889 5C MS obverse 1889 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This issue is common across most grades, and gems are somewhat more available than for 1887-88. Discriminating buyers will want one coined from unworn dies, as later strikes reveal die erosion. This is discernible by a grainy or pebbly surface which is most pronounced at the peripheries. The coin illustrated was sharply struck from fresh dies, though the troublesome corn cob is still incomplete.

1889 nickels have been found with several repunched date varities, but only one is noteworthy. This is recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/22/2020

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1889 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 15.00 25.00 40.00 60.00 90.00 125 135 135 165 180 185 210 240 345 725 1625 8500 - - -
$ 95.00 - - 140 175 - 190 235 275 420 800 2800 35000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 599
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/13/2020 1889 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1-32926154162135879197159402---599
---------------1------1
--------------132-----6
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Total1-32926154162135880201161402---606
 0%-0%0%1%0%1%0%1%1%3%0%2%10%13%33%27%7%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base323759127209304351409423437489527563642725865158328345071532662787351
3444821542413203704144284545025395896707721104200035805156564366360
0000003704144284545025395896707721104200035805156564300
0000003904184324725145516166978181344241743255241596100
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 5071
Owner: NMK8104
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 2834
Owner: Green Collection
 
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