1897 5C AU58+ Certification #31303578, PCGS #3858

Owner's Comments

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Expert Comments

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.

PCGS #
3858
Designer
Charles E. Barber
Edge
Plain
Diameter
21.20 millimeters
Weight
5.00 grams
Mintage
20426797
Metal
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Pop Higher
739
Pop Lower
141
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 40000 R-2.6 15 / 32 TIE 15 / 33 TIE
All Grades 1500 R-4.8 14 / 32 TIE 14 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 11 / 32 TIE 11 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 40000
All Grades 1500
60 or Better 250
65 or Better R-2.6
All Grades R-4.8
60 or Better R-6.6
65 or Better 15 / 32 TIE
All Grades 14 / 32 TIE
60 or Better 11 / 32 TIE
65 or Better 15 / 33 TIE
All Grades 14 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 11 / 33 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail 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
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