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SERIES: Liberty Head Five Cents 1883-1912
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1887 5C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67
PCGS #:
3848
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
15,260,692
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$11,163 • PCGS MS66+ • 8-8-2013 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 30,000 R-2.7 7 / 32 TIE 7 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 1,250 R-4.9 9 / 32 TIE 9 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 300 R-6.4 17 / 32 TIE 17 / 33 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade

Club 33 Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade

Club 33 Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

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

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!