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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/29/2019

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1894 5C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 145 160 180 205 250 380 550 775 3000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 650 2400 - -
1894 5C PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 250 315 475 675 1800 5100 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 481
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/19/2021 1894 5C PF
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Base---------122429671761223862--449
-----------------11---2
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Total---------122429671771224072--453
 ---------0%0%0%1%6%15%39%27%9%2%0%-- 
1894 5C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------146885---32
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Total-------------146987---35
 -------------3%11%17%26%23%20%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1894 5C PF CA
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Base3663813984154314484664845055245445656246908021066165827274217493558366853
3713874044204374544724915115315515856467278901263201432244456523561757196
0000004724915115315515856467278901263201432244456523500
0000004784985185375586046687659781461237137204696553600
1894 5C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4064234394584774945155345535775976206847548561131174928574396556365457651
4124284454644835015215405615846056417077889481337211833704785589069148034
0000005215405615846056417077889481337211833704785589000
00000052854756959061266373182210391543248838835174621800
1894 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base339354369384401418434450469487505527575631725958135117993238414149355836
3443593743904074234394564754935125435946628031089150022793539440652356128
0000004394564754935125435946628031089150022793539440600
0000004454634814995205596126948801220165027583840467000
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Grade: PF 65
Points: 1351
Owner: zazenboy
 
Grade: PF 64 CAMEO
Points: 1066
Owner: Von Werner
 
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