Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,938
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 PF obverse 1897 5C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The typical 1897 proof nickel is sharply struck and displays nicely reflective fields. Contrasting devices may be either satiny or frosty, with only the latter being sufficient to quality as Cameo.

Gems are slightly scarce but not truly rare. The higher quality of late 1890s proofs compensates in part for the modest mintages for these years.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/30/2019

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1897 5C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 160 180 230 250 365 550 775 1800 7000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 650 1100 3000 -
1897 5C PF CA
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 250 315 475 675 1100 2500 8750 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 475 775 2300 7350 -
1897 5C PF UC
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2900 5000 - - - -

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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.

Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 468
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 69

The chart showing 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series, 69 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1897 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------394115410958192--395
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-----------------11---2
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Total------------394115410959202--397
 ------------1%2%10%39%27%15%5%1%-- 
1897 5C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------231523171021-73
-----------------11---2
---------------1111---4
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Total-------------231624191221-79
 -------------3%4%20%30%24%15%3%1%- 
1897 5C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------------
------------------1---1
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Total------------------1---1
 ------------------100%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 5C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3663813984154314484664845055245445656246637641021142120093194487659907027
3713874044204374544724915115315515856376978501154161724043755524763367378
0000004724915115315515856376978501154161724043755524700
0000004784985185375586046507309351288181327994315561900
1897 5C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4064234394584774945155345535775976206677178151087305742904559571167137839
4124284454644835015215405615846056366847509061744346843804943604570888231
0000005215405615846056366847509061744346843804943604500
0000005285475695906126517007829962400387944695327637900
1897 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base339354369384401418434450469487507527575620715933127115892525443150715990
3443593743904074234394564754945145435906527881046137719013160464453776290
0000004394564754945145435906527881046137719013160464400
0000004454634815005205596056838601158148322133796485800
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Grade: PF 66
Points: 1589
Owner: mania
 
Grade: PF 65
Points: 1271
Owner: zazenboy
 
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