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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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: 587
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
12/29/2003 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1825, 1825/Lot# 1204 $132.00
9/6/2004 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 501 $748.00
2/7/2006 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #26022, 26022/Lot# 11109 $287.50
11/29/2012 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1177/Lot# 3339 $2,585.00
12/23/2012 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/23/2012, 54/Lot# 88337 $698.50
12/15/2013 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131352/Lot# 26525 $88.00
1/5/2014 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 785, 794/Lot# 556 $300.00
7/25/2014 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3492, 6043/Lot# 22106 $49.35
7/6/2017 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2017 July 6 - 9 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(2), 1257/Lot# 3517 $1,057.50


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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