Description and Analysis

Liberty Head Five Cents
1888 5C PF

Description & Analysis

The proof nickels of this date are often disappointing, with incomplete strikes and deficient mirror surfaces. The planchets can be a bit granular and dull, and the edges are more often rounded than squared.

Due to the large numbers of proof nickels sold, the chance of finding a gem remains fairly good, but one will have to sift through the lesser pieces to do it. Cameo proofs are very rare for this date.