1885 5C AG3 Certification #38681605, PCGS #3846

Expert Comments

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.

PCGS #
3846
Designer
Charles E. Barber
Edge
Plain
Diameter
21.20 millimeters
Weight
5.00 grams
Mintage
1473300
Metal
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Pop Higher
1528
Pop Lower
125
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 5000 R-4.0 1 / 32 TIE 1 / 33 TIE
All Grades 750 R-5.5 1 / 32 TIE 1 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 150 R-7.5 2 / 32 TIE 2 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 5000
All Grades 750
60 or Better 150
65 or Better R-4.0
All Grades R-5.5
60 or Better R-7.5
65 or Better 1 / 32 TIE
All Grades 1 / 32 TIE
60 or Better 2 / 32 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 33 TIE
All Grades 1 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 2 / 33 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail 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 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
MS66 PCGS grade #4 MS66 PCGS grade