Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 20,426,797
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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1897 5C MS obverse 1897 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1897 ushered in a period of consistently high annual mintages that extended through the end of this series in 1912, the only exceptions being the Denver and San Francisco strikings of that final year.

High mintages did not equate to high quality. In fact, these later dates are rather difficult to find with full strikes. The dies were run too long, with erosion appearing in the form of granular or pebbly texture at the peripheries.

There are numerous repunched date varieties for the 1897 nickel, though only one is compelling enough to interest general collectors.

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Last Updated: 7/2/2015

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1897 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 3.75 6.50 12.00 27.50 50.00 65.00 70.00 80.00 95.00 105 120 140 180 315 1100 2850 15500 - - -
$ 55.00 - 77.00 88.00 100.00 - - 160 200 380 1400 4250 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 474
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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9/28/1998 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1090, 1090/Lot# 1228 $42.51
2/10/2008 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2874 $5,400.00
9/14/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 410, 416/Lot# 136 $230.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2397 $862.50
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 7855 $152.75
4/28/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131319/Lot# 20836 $101.05
2/23/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/23/2014, 182/Lot# 147431 $715.00
4/26/2017 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 26 - 30 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1254/Lot# 3698 $2,585.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9122445115201230255272304351381423477575847179929366169624873178515
101631681442112382612833203613954415106661164217840146195660477160
0000002382612833203613954415106661164217840146195660400
0000002472662933353714094595427561482255750916222696100
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 1799
Owner: DennisG
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 1799
Owner: redbird97
 
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