Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 28,004,935
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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1903 5C MS obverse 1903 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This is another high mintage date that is plentiful in most grades. Collectors should look beyond the certified grade alone to find an example displaying a sharp strike from an early state of the dies. The coin illustrated, while lustrous and attractive overall, reveals pebbly, worn dies and areas of incomplete striking.

There are numerous repunched date varieties for 1903, but all of them are fairly minor and of interest only to specialists.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/4/2019

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1903 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2.50 3.00 7.00 16.00 35.00 60.00 62.00 65.00 78.00 85.00 90.00 125 155 200 410 875 6750 - - -
$ 37.00 - - 70.00 83.00 - - 135 175 245 575 1250 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 901
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/3/2019 1903 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base25-152313530-3199155325175554---901
---------------1-1----2
---------------321----6
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Total25-152313530-3199155329177574---909
 0 %1 %-0 %1 %0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %3 %-3 %11 %17 %36 %19 %6 %0 %--- 

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12/7/2019 MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2019 December 5 - 7 US Coins Signature Auction Session(2), 1302/Lot# 3608


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5/8/2000 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1305, 1305/Lot# 1164 $87.20
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 852 $718.75
8/12/2012 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131234/Lot# 24841 $851.88
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7514 $76.38
5/18/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/18/2014, 168/Lot# 194003 $134.46
6/1/2014 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 806, 815/Lot# 393 $700.00
12/5/2018 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131850/Lot# 23089 $228.00
2/13/2019 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131908/Lot# 25109 $360.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1903 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6691654131194237248255298320336395502663115918655158546660897138
67112980152208241250269305325356431556828139429635261567464390
000000208241250269305325356431556828139429635261567400
000000223244253284313331375466609994163040605363588100
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 5158
Owner: NMK8104
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 1865
Owner: Davis Creek Trust
 
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