1888 5C MS64

CERTIFICATION#: 02735554
PCGS#: 3849

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1888 Liberty Head Nickel has a mintage similar to that of the 1912-D, and both coins are valued similarly across the grade spectrum.  Only eight other dates in the series have a lower mintage (nine, if you count the 1913 Liberty Nickel), making it one of the more popular, early dates. 

The most common Mint State grade for the 1888 Nickel is MS-64, followed by MS-63.  Gems are scarce and superb exmples are essentially non-existent.  The finest 1888 Nickel certified by PCGS (as of December 2011) is a single MS-66+.

Collectors should seek spot-free examples that show a strong strike, especially on the obverse stars and the ear of corn on the lower left reverse.

Diameter: 21.20 millimeters Designer: Charles E. Barber Edge: Plain
Mintage: 10,715,901 Weight: 5.00 grams Metal Content: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
1
12
4
2
10
4
3
19
2
4
32
1
8
50
10
56
1
45+
240
50+
250
53+
260
55+
270
58+
285
60
295
3
61
310
1
62+
335
63+
395
1
64+
675
2
65+
2,250
6
66+
18,500
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 25,000 R-2.7 7 / 32 TIE 7 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 1,000 R-5.0 6 / 32 TIE 6 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 150 R-7.5 2 / 32 TIE 2 / 33 TIE

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