Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,632
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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1894 5C PF obverse 1894 5C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

While the proof nickels of 1894 were well made by the standards of the time, the certified population of gems is held in check by a combination of careless, post-mint handling and planchet deficiencies of one sort of another.

Copper and nickel don't blend that naturally, and tiny lamination flakes may be seen on many proofs. The higher pressure and slower press action used in coining proofs actually made these flaws more pronounced than on currency coins. Also a problem were lint impressions caused by fibers from the die-cleaning cloth left on the die faces. The coin shown above has a very obvious lint impression on Liberty's cheek.

Gems of this date are in short supply, and Cameo proofs are very elusive. One obverse die used this year has a slightly repunched date, but this variety is of little interest.

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Last Updated: 7/7/2015

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1894 5C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 145 160 180 205 250 380 665 1100 3500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 750 2400 - -
1894 5C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 290 450 950 2450 6250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 1250 2750 12500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 461
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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9/6/2004 PCGS PF 66   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 505 $833.75
10/2/2007 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2007 September Long Beach, CA US Coin Final Session #447, 447/Lot# 7591 $276.00
1/27/2011 NGC PF 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 553, 560/Lot# 5123 $552.00
11/29/2012 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 7939 $528.75
12/30/2012 PCGS PF 65   Teletrade Auction 3407, 3407/Lot# 1498 $500.00
1/1/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 14257 $200.93
2/24/2013 NGC PF 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/24/2013, 63/Lot# 51049 $182.60
10/8/2014 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1210/Lot# 7440 $763.75
10/30/2014 PCGS PF 67   Cameo Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 4055 $5,581.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1894 5C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3663813984154314484664845055245445656246908021066165827274217493558366853
3713874044204374544724915115315515856467278901263201432244456523561750
0000004724915115315515856467278901263201432244456523500
0000004784985185375586046687659781461237137204696553600
1894 5C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4064234394584774945155345535775976206847548561131174928574396556365457651
4124284454644835015215405615846056417077889481337211833704785589069140
0000005215405615846056417077889481337211833704785589000
00000052854756959061266373182210391543248838835174621800
1894 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base339354369384401418434450469487505527575631725958135117993238414149355836
3443593743904074234394564754935125435946628031089150022793539440652350
0000004394564754935125435946628031089150022793539440600
0000004454634814995205596126948801220165027583840467000
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Grade: PF 65
Points: 1351
Owner: zazenboy
 
Grade: PF 64
Points: 958
Owner: mania
 
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