Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,336
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 PF obverse 1889 5C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

In his reference A Guide Book of Shield and Liberty Head Nickels, Q. David Bowers notes of this date that some of the proofs have more satiny than brilliant surfaces, making them look like gem currency pieces. This is certainly the case with the coin illustrated.

Proof 1889 nickels are similar to those of 1888 in that planchet problems left many of them dull and grainy. As on the piece illustrated, the corn cob at the lower left of the wreath may be incomplete. The U. S. Mint was generally careless in the making of its proofs during the late 1880s, and even the rare gold proofs have certain issues.

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Last Updated: 8/28/2020

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1889 5C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 190 210 235 265 330 485 860 2800 5750 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 680 1000 - -
1889 5C PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2950 8000 - 14000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 3700 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 628
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/13/2020 1889 5C PF
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Base----------135135724319486201--623
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Total----------135135724319488211--626
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1889 5C PF CA
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Base---------------32-----5
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Total---------------32-----5
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 5C PF CA
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Base3663813984154314484664845055245445656246907602985440346774964526358366853
37138740442043745447249151153155158564671315023458449447735064545461750
00000047249151153155158564671315023458449447735064545400
00000047849851853755860466873722433930458648685163564500
1889 5C PF UC
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Base40642343945847749451553455357759762068475431244589487251665475556365457651
412428445464483501521540561584605641707154436124683497052695504589069140
000000521540561584605641707154436124683497052695504589000
000000528547569590612663731233441014778506853725534621800
1889 5C PF
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Base339354369384401418434450469487507527575663754908130316193467406449355836
3443593743904074234394564754945145436046938051040140822353666435452350
0000004394564754945145436046938051040140822353666435400
0000004454634815005205596347248571171151428513865464500
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 3467
Owner: SLUGGO
 
Grade: PF 65
Points: 1303
Owner: mania
 
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