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: 7/6/2015

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1901 5C MS
Base $ 2.00 2.75 5.00 13.75 32.00 60.00 62.50 65.00 77.50 85.00 90.00 120 155 240 525 1375 13500 - - -
$ 35.00 - - 70.00 82.50 - - 135 175 265 650 2600 - -

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Total Graded: 780
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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8/20/2001 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1474, 1474/Lot# 1129 $98.10
1/8/2007 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Online Session #423, 423/Lot# 60767 $488.75
2/1/2009 NGC MS 63   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 785 $162.00
11/1/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1191/Lot# 3208 $1,057.50
4/27/2014 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 801, 810/Lot# 2048 $230.00
6/8/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 200631 $185.90
9/19/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3500, 6054/Lot# 22090 $793.13
8/10/2016 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(6), 1238/Lot# 7322 $646.25

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