Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 8,841,058
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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1896 5C MS obverse 1896 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

1896 is the last of a trio of low-mintage issues that kicked off in 1894. The Panic of 1893 and its aftermath were to blame for such reduced demand.

Mint State survivors are scarce for this date, with gems being in short supply. Even circulated coins grading F 12 and higher are elusive and on many collectors' want lists. Less than fully struck examples are the norm, with the piece illustrated being only slightly better than average.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/22/2020

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1896 5C MS
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Base $ 10.00 25.00 50.00 75.00 115 160 170 180 190 210 220 235 275 475 1150 3750 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 255 340 575 2400 8000 - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 355
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/13/2020 1896 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-3528105124191134980104463----355
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Total-3528105124191134980107463----358
 -1%1%1%2%3%1%0%1%1%5%0%4%14%22%30%13%1%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1896 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3237811632553514375025275515866316637158651066280744314706731785159854
34521081942873804595105355636016426807659321646334845235576771689610
0000004595105355636016426807659321646334845235576771600
0000004805195435746166526988159992227389046146447811600
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2807
Owner: Davis Creek Trust
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1066
Owner: Liberty1776
 
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