1886 5C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head Five Cents 1883-1912

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS #:
3847
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
3,326,000
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
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 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
Survival Estimate
All Grades 8,000
60 or Better 750
65 or Better 100
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-3.4
60 or Better R-5.5
65 or Better R-8.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 3 / 32
60 or Better 1 / 32 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 32
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 3 / 33
60 or Better 1 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 33

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

Greenbrier River Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

Carnton Collection, Part II - Heritage 11/2017:16658, $34,800 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2018:270, $64,625

3 MS66+ PCGS grade

Rafferty Collection - Heritage 1/2018:4775, $33,600

4 MS66 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 2/2015:1344, $22,325

4 MS66 PCGS grade PCGS #3847 (MS)     66
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade PCGS #3847 (MS)     66
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
MS67 PCGS grade #1 MS67 PCGS grade

Greenbrier River Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

MS67 PCGS grade #1 MS67 PCGS grade

Carnton Collection, Part II - Heritage 11/2017:16658, $34,800 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2018:270, $64,625

#3 MS66+ PCGS grade

Rafferty Collection - Heritage 1/2018:4775, $33,600

#4 MS66 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 2/2015:1344, $22,325

PCGS #3847 (MS)     66 #4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
PCGS #3847 (MS)     66 #4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
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.