Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,790
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 PF obverse 1903 5C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Proof sales remained lackluster in 1903, and the fact that this date is rare with contrasting devices certainly didn't encourage the purchase of additional pieces. Though a number of Cameo specimens have been certified, the depth of this contrast may not be equal to that of coins from the late 1890s.

The typical 1903 proof nickel is sharply struck and quite brilliant.

A small percentage of 1903 proof nickels were coined with the dies in medal alignment so that the obverse and reverse are oriented in the same direction. This is an unusual error and does attract some additional collector interest.


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Last Updated: 8/28/2020

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1903 5C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 190 210 240 275 330 485 860 2100 12000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 280 400 690 1150 4800 -
1903 5C PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 315 475 675 1100 2500 11500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 320 510 850 1600 7825 -
1903 5C PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2900 - 11000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 540
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/20/2020 1903 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------4134815412494285--470
-----------------131--5
-----------------1----1
------------------1---1
Total------------4134815412496326--477
 ------------1%3%10%32%26%20%7%1%-- 
1903 5C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------2131524113--68
------------------11--2
----------------13----4
------------------1---1
Total--------------2131627134--75
 --------------3%17%21%36%17%5%-- 
1903 5C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------1-1---2
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Total----------------1-1---2
 ----------------50%-50%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1903 5C PF CA
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Base3663813984154314484664845055245445656156748021013142119493447546658366853
3713874044204374544724915115315515826357178721149159724484120558961750
0000004724915115315515826357178721149159724484120558900
0000004784985185375585986547599431285177329484793571300
1903 5C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4064234394584774945155345535775976206637218541075296031653601568465457651
4124284454644835015215405615846056346827659281703302833104295597169140
0000005215405615846056346827659281703302833104295597100
00000052854756959061264970281010012332309734564990625800
1903 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base339354369384401418434450469487507527575631725908127115992268478049355836
3443593743904074234394564754945145435946627861029138018223105483252350
0000004394564754945145435946627861029138018223105483200
0000004454634815005205596126948471150149020453943488300
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Grade: PF 68
Points: 4780
Owner: SLUGGO
 
Grade: PF 67
Points: 2268
Owner: BAYOU BENGAL
 
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