1886 5C MS63

CERTIFICATION#: 21853774
PCGS#: 3847

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: Most collectors consider the 1886 Nickel to be a key issue in the Liberty Head series.  Price guides reflect this opinion and place it behind the 1885 and the 1912-S as the third most valuable date.  However, in terms of certified examples, this is one of the more common dates in the series, illustrating the power of mintage figures, which have been used traditionally, as an important factor in concluding which coins are rare and which coins are not.  As far as Mint State examples go, the 1886 is slightly more "common" than the 1885, but no MS67 1886 Nickels have been certified by PCGS, compared to 2 for the 1885.

Strike quality is a factor on this date, as many examples show weakness on the radial line on some (or many) of the stars.  Also, keep an eye on that ear of corn on the lower left reverse, as this is often weak, too.

Diameter: 21.20 millimeters Designer: Charles E. Barber Edge: Plain
Mintage: 3,326,000 Weight: 5.00 grams Metal Content: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
45+
785
50+
865
53+
915
55+
1,000
58+
1,300
62+
1,900
63+
3,000
65+
9,750
66+
47,500
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 8,000 R-3.4 3 / 32 3 / 33
60 or Better 750 R-5.5 1 / 32 TIE 1 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 1 / 32 1 / 33

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade