1883 5C With CENTS (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head Five Cents 1883-1912

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

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REVERSE COMPARISON

REVERSE COMPARISON

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS #:
3844
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
16,026,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 30,000 R-2.7 7 / 32 TIE 7 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 2,000 R-4.6 19 / 32 TIE 19 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 500 R-6.0 21 / 32 21 / 33
Survival Estimate
All Grades 30,000
60 or Better 2,000
65 or Better 500
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-2.7
60 or Better R-4.6
65 or Better R-6.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 7 / 32 TIE
60 or Better 19 / 32 TIE
65 or Better 21 / 32
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 7 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 19 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 21 / 33

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Club 33 Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
MS67 PCGS grade #1 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS66+ PCGS grade
#2 MS66+ PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #4 MS66 PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #4 MS66 PCGS grade

Club 33 Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

In response to the problems created by the missing CENTS on the first Liberty Head Nickels, Mint personnel made sure to add the word to new Nickels mid-1883. This created the third (and final) type change on 1883 Nickels. Mint employees over-produced the With CENTS Nickels to the tune of over 16 million pieces, the highest mintage since 1868, and a quantity that would not be exceeded until 1890. Not surprisingly, it is easy to locate an 1883 With CENTS Nickel in virtually any grade up to, and including, MS66. In MS67, only a single example has been certified by PCGS.

The interesting thing about this coin is that it illustrates the significance placed on first-year-of-issue coins. In this case, the first Liberty Head Nickel of the year, the 1883 No CENTS, has a mintage that is just over a third of the With CENTS version. Based on mintages alone, one could reasonably expect the latter to be three times as common as the former. In reality, the first-year-of-issue effect overwhelms the mintage figures. Based on the PCGS Population Report, the No CENTS version survives at the rate of more than six times that of the With CENTS – a complete reversal of what the mintages project.

The strike quality is generally good to excellent on the 1883 With CENTS Nickel. Look for the first signs of weakness on the ear of corn on the left side of the reverse.