Coins Certified as of 2/9

My Coin #18318526

1897 5C FR2

PCGS#: 3858

Owner's Comments

Used in nickel slots?

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: In 1897, the Philadelphia Mint boosted production of Liberty Nickels and struck more than 20 million of them -- and amount that had not been seen since 1868. As a result of this large mintage, and the care and protection of collectors over the years, the 1897 Nickel remains a common coin.  The vast majority of certified Mint State examples fall into the MS64 level, though MS63 examples are common, also.  Gems are easy to obtain (in a relative sense), but MS66 examples become scarce.  The finest example certified by PCGS is a single MS67.

This date shows a variety of strike characteristics, ranging from flatly struck to fully struck stars, and several iterations in between.  The best struck examples are most likely to be found in the highest graded holders.

Diameter: 21.20 millimeters Designer: Charles E. Barber Edge: Plain
Mintage: 20,426,797 Weight: 5.00 grams Metal Content: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 40,000 R-2.6 15 / 32 TIE 15 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 1,500 R-4.8 14 / 32 TIE 14 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 250 R-6.6 11 / 32 TIE 11 / 33 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS66+ PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade Club 33 Collection (PCGS Set Registry)
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade