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: 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: 330
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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1/15/2001 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1396, 1396/Lot# 1093 $152.60
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 106 $218.50
10/2/2011 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/02/2011, 138/Lot# 18887 $220.00
6/30/2013 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 407 $1,256.00
6/30/2014 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3488, 6037/Lot# 20122 $220.90
9/4/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1209/Lot# 3058 $6,462.50
3/6/2015 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 86 $1,645.00
1/17/2016 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131604/Lot# 27589 $223.25
8/28/2016 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131636/Lot# 21075 $188.00


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: erwindoc
 
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