1885 5C PO1

CERTIFICATION#: 16902047
PCGS#: 3846

Owner's Comments

The Lowest, almost completely worn away.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1885 Liberty Head Nickel has the second lowest mintage of the entire series (after the 1912-S).  Most of the Liberty Head Nickel dates have mintages over 10 million, some over 20 million, a few over 30 million, and two that are just shy of 40 million.  As a result, the 1885 is a very scarce coin and a widely recognized, highly popular rarity.  In terms of pricing, the 1885 generally costs more than the lower-mintage 1912-S, partly because fewer of the former were saved in the year of issue.

The PCGS Population Report shows MS64 as the most "common" Mint State grade.  MS66 examples are very scarce and the inest example certified by PCGS is a single PCGS MS67.

Diameter: 21.20 millimeters Designer: Charles E. Barber Edge: Plain
Mintage: 1,473,300 Weight: 5.00 grams Metal Content: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
45+
1,650
50+
1,825
53+
2,000
55+
2,350
58+
2,750
1
62+
3,300
63+
4,100
64+
6,500
1
65+
13,000
2
66+
35,000
2

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 5,000 R-4.0 1 / 32 TIE 1 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 750 R-5.5 1 / 32 TIE 1 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 150 R-7.5 2 / 32 TIE 2 / 33 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade   Carnton Collection (PCGS Set Registry)
1 MS67 PCGS grade  

Brokered by Brian Wagner in a private transaction, March 2012, for $170,000 -
Greenbrier River Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS66+ PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade