1886 5C N1 Certification #81726638, PCGS #3847

Expert Comments

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.

PCGS #
3847
Designer
Charles E. Barber
Edge
Plain
Diameter
21.20 millimeters
Weight
5.00 grams
Mintage
3326000
Metal
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Pop Higher
1704
Pop Lower
0
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 8000 R-3.4 3 / 32 3 / 33
All Grades 750 R-5.5 1 / 32 TIE 1 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 1 / 32 1 / 33
65 or Better 8000
All Grades 750
60 or Better 100
65 or Better R-3.4
All Grades R-5.5
60 or Better R-8.0
65 or Better 3 / 32
All Grades 1 / 32 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 32
65 or Better 3 / 33
All Grades 1 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 33

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail 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 MS66+ PCGS grade

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

4 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

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

4 MS66 PCGS grade PCGS #3847 (MS)     66
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

MS66+ PCGS grade #3 MS66+ PCGS grade

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

MS66 PCGS grade #4 MS66 PCGS grade

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

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