Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 12,530,292
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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1898 5C MS obverse 1898 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Though its mintage fell below that of the previous year, the 1898 nickel is relatively common through the lower Mint State grades. Only gems are scarce. Most coins of this date are less than fully struck, though the dull luster seen on nickels of the late 1880s and early '90s is not as prevalent.

At least two repunched mintmark varieties are known for this date, and both are intriguing enough to carry modest premiums.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/2/2015

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1898 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 3.50 6.00 10.00 26.00 40.00 70.00 75.00 85.00 100.00 120 130 155 190 335 800 1750 - - - -
$ 45.00 - - 95.00 110 - - 170 250 400 960 3050 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 420
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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9/19/2005 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #54, 59/Lot# 143 $149.50
9/1/2008 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2579, 2579/Lot# 1145 $1,006.25
1/9/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 9012 $652.13
3/21/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1183/Lot# 3196 $2,350.00
10/6/2013 PCGS VG 8   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/06/2013, 95/Lot# 142315 $96.80
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1007 $587.50
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7504 $258.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1898 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9122037106163220272288320366423450515597882150523023406618572468436
101526601251822372772993353854324725426921090177126704332653976430
0000002372772993353854324725426921090177126704332653900
0000002552833093514044414935707871297203630385259689200
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2302
Owner: NMK8104
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 1028
Owner: The Potomac Collection
 
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