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: 400
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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2/27/2003 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2003 February Long Beach Signature Sale #314, 314/Lot# 5707 $1,265.00
8/22/2007 PCGS F 12   Teletrade Auction 2412, 2412/Lot# 2084 $156.80
10/22/2009 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 October Signature US Coin Auction #1130, 1130/Lot# 247 $1,202.00
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 845 $552.00
2/3/2013 NGC Details VG Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/03/2013, 60/Lot# 96741 $20.00
2/22/2013 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6827 $258.50
12/29/2013 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 784, 793/Lot# 30 $325.00


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