Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 20,426,797
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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1897 5C MS obverse 1897 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1897 ushered in a period of consistently high annual mintages that extended through the end of this series in 1912, the only exceptions being the Denver and San Francisco strikings of that final year.

High mintages did not equate to high quality. In fact, these later dates are rather difficult to find with full strikes. The dies were run too long, with erosion appearing in the form of granular or pebbly texture at the peripheries.

There are numerous repunched date varieties for the 1897 nickel, though only one is compelling enough to interest general collectors.

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1897 5C MS
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Base $ 3.75 6.50 12.00 27.50 50.00 65.00 70.00 80.00 95.00 120 140 180 315 1100 2850 15500 - - -
$ 55.00 - 77.00 88.00 100.00 - 160 200 380 1400 4250 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 467
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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6/27/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 388 $128.80
2/10/2008 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2874 $5,400.00
12/5/2010 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 2972, 2972/Lot# 1421 $138.00
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6842 $141.00
1/19/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/19/2014, 185/Lot# 165289 $125.40
2/15/2015 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131508/Lot# 27454 $176.25
6/4/2015 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1221/Lot# 7260 $1,057.50
10/28/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1229/Lot# 99094 $517.00


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