1887 5C AU58 Certification #30314879, PCGS #3848

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Expert Comments

Ron Guth

In 1887, the Mint produced over 15 million Liberty Head Nickels, reaching the third highest level to date.  As a result, the 1887 Nickel is a very common coin in all grades.  Hundreds of certified examples exist in each of the MS63, MS64, and MS65 grades.  PCGS has certified less than two dozen MS66s, plus a single PCGS MS66+ (illustrated above), and none finer.

The challenge with the 1887 Nickel is finding an example that has all stars fully struck AND a full ear of corn on the back.  In most cases, this date has weakness on some or all of the stars, or the ear of corn, or both.  Rarely does one find a fully struck example in all of the afore-mentioned areas.  It's akin to locating a Full Steps Jefferson Nickel or a Full Bands Mercury Head Dime.  Good luck!

 

PCGS #
3848
Designer
Charles E. Barber
Edge
Plain
Diameter
21.20 millimeters
Weight
5.00 grams
Mintage
15260692
Metal
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Pop Higher
685
Pop Lower
121
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 30000 R-2.7 7 / 32 TIE 7 / 33 TIE
All Grades 1250 R-4.9 9 / 32 TIE 9 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 300 R-6.4 17 / 32 TIE 17 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 30000
All Grades 1250
60 or Better 300
65 or Better R-2.7
All Grades R-4.9
60 or Better R-6.4
65 or Better 7 / 32 TIE
All Grades 9 / 32 TIE
60 or Better 17 / 32 TIE
65 or Better 7 / 33 TIE
All Grades 9 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 17 / 33 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Club 33 Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
MS66+ PCGS grade #1 MS66+ PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade

Club 33 Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade