Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 31,487,228
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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1902 5C MS obverse 1902 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This date had the highest mintage of any nickel five-cent piece since the type began in 1866, yet this figure would soon be exceeded. Plentiful in all grades through MS 65, the technical qualities of such coins vary widely. The typical 1902 is less than fully struck, may have worn, pebbly fields and be lackluster. At the other end of the spectrum are a very few prooflike specimens.

This is a rich date for varieties, but all of them are minor and hard to discern. Several RPDs are known, along with an obverse die showing doubling in the stars and a misplaced date obverese with parts of numerals 19 hidden within the denticles below the date. These varieties are illustrated in the book Treasure Hunting Liberty Head Nickels.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/4/2019

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1902 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2.50 3.00 7.00 16.00 35.00 60.00 63.00 65.00 78.00 85.00 90.00 110 145 190 415 750 8500 - - -
$ 37.00 - - 70.00 83.00 - - 130 150 245 500 1400 30000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 803
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

The chart showing PrAg series, 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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/3/2019 1902 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base14147-51310301241001672741362931--801
---------------113----5
--------------1-------1
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Total14147-51310301241001682751373231--807
 0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %-1 %0 %0 %1 %4 %0 %3 %12 %21 %34 %17 %4 %0 %0 %-- 
1902 5C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1-1------2
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Total-------------1-1------2
 -------------50 %-50 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/13/2003 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23053, 23053/Lot# 13087 $471.50
6/2/2004 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1891, 1891/Lot# 1136 $143.00
4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 242 $172.50
1/8/2007 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Online Session #423, 423/Lot# 60770 $230.00
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 932 $1,092.50
4/22/2008 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL US Coin Final Session #1105, 1105/Lot# 7346 $517.50
12/23/2012 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/23/2012, 54/Lot# 86361 $55.00
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7511 $176.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1902 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6691654131194237248255298320336395502663115919495158546660897138
67112980152208241250269305325356431556828142230195261567464390
000000208241250269305325356431556828142230195261567400
000000223244253284313331375466609994168640885363588100
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 5158
Owner: NMK8104
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 1159
Owner: Chancey MS60+
 
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