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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/22/2020

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1897 5C MS
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Base $ 3.50 5.00 10.00 27.50 45.00 75.00 80.00 85.00 92.00 100.00 105 120 160 285 750 1800 12500 - - -
$ 55.00 - 82.00 90.00 95.00 - - 130 180 360 1000 2700 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 501
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/20/2020 1897 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-4--4534-101812587117158596----501
---------------1------1
---------------412----7
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Total-4--4534-101812587117163608----509
 -1%--1%1%1%1%-2%4%0%5%17%23%32%12%2%---- 

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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