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: 7/2/2015

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1889 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 9.50 15.00 31.00 52.00 80.00 115 120 125 145 160 175 210 250 325 875 2650 9600 - - -
$ 88.00 - - 135 155 - 185 230 285 410 1250 4850 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 585
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/24/2003 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 238 $126.50
1/9/2008 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2474, 2474/Lot# 1095 $812.00
7/28/2013 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 762, 771/Lot# 556 $1,150.00
1/12/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/12/2014, 180/Lot# 147426 $605.00
10/8/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1210/Lot# 7416 $705.00
3/10/2015 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 1087 $2,702.50
6/4/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1221/Lot# 3318 $1,527.50


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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