1897 5C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head Five Cents 1883-1912

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS #:
3858
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
20,426,797
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
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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

Condition Census What Is This?

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

Club 33 Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
MS67 PCGS grade #1 MS67 PCGS grade
MS66+ PCGS grade #2 MS66+ PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #3 MS66 PCGS grade

Club 33 Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

MS66 PCGS grade #3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
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.