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

1890 5C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
3851
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
16,256,532
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$16,450 • PCGS MS67 • 10-29-2015 • 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 25,000 R-2.7 7 / 32 TIE 7 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 1,000 R-5.0 6 / 32 TIE 6 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 150 R-7.5 2 / 32 TIE 2 / 33 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66+ PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66+ PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Though none of the Philadelphia-produced Liberty Nickels are rare (with the unusual exception of the 1913), the 1890 Liberty Nickel is slightly less common than most and is on par with the 1895 and 1896.  The 1890 Nickel is easy to find in circulated grades and in Mint State grades up to MS-64.  Gems (MS-65) are semi-scarce and the optimal grade (per the PCGS Population Report as of September 2011) is MS-66.  The finest example certified by PCGS is a single MS-66+.