Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 22,684,557
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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1908 5C MS obverse 1908 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Due to the Panic of 1907, the mintage of nickels fell somewhat this year, but this is still a very common coin across most grades. The population of certified gems is lower than usual for post-1900 dates, and this issue may provide some challenge to the collector.

The year 1908 is notable for a far greater than usual number of repunched date and misplaced date varieties affecting several coin denominations, the nickel included. Perhaps this cluster of varieties is what prompted the Mint to begin including each denomination's date in the master die beginning in 1909. Thereafter, RPDs and MPDs became impossible.

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Last Updated: 9/25/2020

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1908 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2.50 2.75 7.50 20.00 40.00 60.00 63.00 65.00 78.00 85.00 90.00 115 130 215 600 1200 8500 - - -
$ 45.00 - - 70.00 83.00 - - 120 160 320 950 3000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 618
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
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: 10/27/2020 1908 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1114-821311239120871402255661---618
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Total1114-821311239120871402265671---620
 0%2%1%-1%0%0%0%0%2%6%0%3%14%23%36%9%1%0%--- 

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