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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Last Updated: 8/31/2015

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1902 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2.00 2.75 4.50 13.75 32.00 60.00 62.50 65.00 77.50 85.00 90.00 110 150 220 515 1275 10000 - - -
$ 35.00 - - 70.00 82.50 - - 120 165 245 580 2000 32500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 783
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/12/2007 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 126, 131/Lot# 234 $954.50
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 933 $529.00
7/3/2011 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 3094, 3094/Lot# 1156 $488.75
11/25/2012 NGC Details VG Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/25/2012, 50/Lot# 81557 $7.00
1/13/2013 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131304/Lot# 20091 $141.00
11/6/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(1), 1211/Lot# 3232 $1,351.25
3/10/2015 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 1101 $1,145.63


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: Sierra Collection
 
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