Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 26,478,228
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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1901 5C MS obverse 1901 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This high mintage issue is fairly common across all grades through MS 65. The dies were run a long time to produce so many coins, with the result that most survivors display worn, pebbly fields having indifferent luster. Poorly struck pieces are likewise the norm (note the weak lower wreath on the coin illustrated).

Several repunched date varieties are known for 1901 nickels, all of them quite minor. Of more interest is the fact that two different hubs were employed to make reverse dies for this date. The old hub is illustrated here, while the new hub has the leaf tip above the left side of the V noticeably closer. There presently exists little interest in these transitional varieties, and it's not known which is the rarer, if either.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/4/2019

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1901 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2.50 3.00 7.00 15.00 35.00 60.00 62.00 65.00 80.00 85.00 90.00 115 145 190 415 875 11500 - - -
$ 37.00 - - 70.00 82.00 - - 130 165 230 610 1630 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 803
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/12/2019 1901 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-6234152171622683172283158302---803
----------------11----2
--------------1411----7
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Total-6234152171622683173287160322---812
 -1 %0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %0 %0 %1 %2 %0 %3 %10 %21 %35 %20 %4 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
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9/9/2007 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2419, 2419/Lot# 1147 $212.80
2/1/2009 NGC MS 63   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 785 $162.00
2/26/2012 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/26/2012, 9/Lot# 36365 $16.00
11/15/2013 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34069 $141.00
6/8/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 200631 $185.90
8/17/2014 PCGS MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 817, 826/Lot# 1075 $105.00
3/31/2015 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 32672 $188.00


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