Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,763
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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1909 5C PF obverse 1909 5C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The high mintage of proof nickels, nearly three times that of 1908, did not reflect a greater interest in this coin type. Instead, it was the result of the U. S. Mint issuing no less than three types of cents that year. These cents were not offered singly, but were instead sold in pairs with the nickel as a "minor proof set." To get the hot-ticket cents, one had to buy unwanted nickels, too.

In his reference A Guide Book of Shield and Liberty Head Nickels, Q. David Bowers asserted that this date is more rare than its published mintage suggests, speculating that many were either spent as useless or simply not distributed by the Mint. The NGC certified population, however, contradicts this notion, as the totals across several grades are much higher than for surrounding dates.

Perhaps because the Philadelphia Mint was compelled to strike so many 1909 proof nickels, their quality is a bit substandard. Like the example illustrated, many show less than full strikes in the stars and the corn ear at the lower left of the wreath. On the plus side, this date has a greater number of Cameo pieces than for the several years preceding.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/8/2015

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1909 5C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - 110 115 125 145 160 180 200 250 340 580 800 1850 6500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 280 375 650 1030 - -
1909 5C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 415 725 1050 2750 8750 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 450 800 1350 4550 -
1909 5C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 800 1350 2200 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1305
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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7/1/1998 NGC PF 65   Teletrade Auction 1063, 1063/Lot# 1184 $436.00
9/4/2011 PCGS PF 64   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 857 $345.00
10/18/2012 NGC PF 68   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1175/Lot# 3459 $3,818.75
7/27/2013 NGC PF 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30278 $415.95
11/1/2013 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1191/Lot# 7331 $440.63
2/9/2014 PCGS PF 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 790, 799/Lot# 852 $553.00
6/29/2014 PCGS PF 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 188624 $600.00
9/7/2014 PCGS PF 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 197842 $600.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base327342354372386401418437453471489527575620725891124615052368429049355836
3323463603773914074244424594775025435906557801009133217933009450552350
0000004244424594775025435906557801009133217933009450500
0000004314484654835145596056908361128141920803649472000
1909 5C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3543693844014184344504694875075275656156637741013142117532885487658366853
3593743904074234394564754945145405826317008541149153221303549519661750
0000004564754945145405826317008541149153221303549519600
0000004634815005205525986477379331285164225084212551600
1909 5C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3924094264424614794975175375585796206597098261505200925853021556365457651
39841543144846748550452454456559363367674810521673220127303868589069140
00000050452454456559363367674810521673220127303868589000
00000051053055157260664669278712791841239328764716621800
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Grade: PF 68
Points: 5696
Owner: Zakmar
 
Grade: PF 66 CAMEO
Points: 1753
Owner: JTO
 
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