Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 10,167,901
Catalog: KM-112
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1888 5C MS obverse 1888 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This date is similar to the 1887 coins in that die erosion and mediocre luster greatly limits the number of gems certified. The example illustrated also has a couple of obverse die cracks, though this problem was mostly overcome for the type after 1884. This same coin features a superior strike for the date.

There are a couple of repunched date varieties for 1888, one of which is also a doubled-die obverse and is quite rare. A much lesser RPD is also known, but it is of interest only to series specialists.

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Last Updated: 8/31/2015

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1888 5C MS
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Base $ 27.00 40.00 60.00 115 180 225 235 255 275 315 345 385 625 1475 6700 - - - -
$ - - - 265 295 330 380 440 700 2250 15000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 402
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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1/25/2004 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1605 $2,300.00
7/25/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #47, 52/Lot# 109 $299.00
4/16/2008 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #1104, 1104/Lot# 364 $1,220.15
5/13/2012 PCGS F 15   Teletrade Auction 3275, 3275/Lot# 1220 $50.00
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 7847 $352.50
11/11/2012 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/11/2012, 48/Lot# 83489 $517.00
1/6/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131303/Lot# 28958 $528.75
3/6/2015 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 81 $3,055.00


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