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1885 5C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head Five Cents 1883-1912

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS #:
3846
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
1,473,300
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Major Varieties

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

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image 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 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2008:2727 -
Heritage 1/2009:3630 -
Daryl J. Haynor Collection -
Heritage 8/2011:7050, $17,250

4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
#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
MS66 PCGS grade #4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2008:2727 -
Heritage 1/2009:3630 -
Daryl J. Haynor Collection -
Heritage 8/2011:7050, $17,250

#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
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.