Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 8,841,058
Catalog: KM-112
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 8/31/2015

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1896 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 9.50 20.00 40.00 65.00 95.00 150 160 170 185 205 220 245 325 450 2600 7000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 265 350 635 3400 14750 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 325
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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Price
11/25/1996 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0896, 896/Lot# 1136 $174.40
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 106 $218.50
2/4/2009 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1122, 1122/Lot# 7771 $488.75
8/25/2013 PCGS MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 766, 775/Lot# 5028 $230.00
7/6/2014 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 199/Lot# 178463 $156.20
7/25/2014 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3492, 6043/Lot# 22109 $223.25
7/20/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 30766 $141.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1896 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4154761021391832092372652853143333784235751041170724644141731785159854
4561841141531912182462712943203483934737301263195930235199771689610
0000002182462712943203483934737301263195930235199771600
0000002272552783043263634085248851485221135826258811500
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 1707
Owner: Davis Creek Trust
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1041
Owner: Jason Colinger
 
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