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

1902 5C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67
PCGS #:
3863
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
31,487,581
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$28,750 • PCGS MS67 • 5-30-2012 • Stack's/Bowers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 80,000 R-2.2 24 / 32 TIE 24 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 2,500 R-4.5 24 / 32 TIE 24 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 750 R-5.5 24 / 32 TIE 24 / 33 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
5 MS67 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
5 MS67 estimated grade  
6 MS66 PCGS grade
6 MS66 PCGS grade
6 MS66 PCGS grade  
6 MS66 PCGS grade  
6 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: A new record for the Liberty Head series was established in 1902, as the mintage hit over 31 million pieces, the largest mintage recorded for any Nickel since the inception of the series in 1866.  Thus collectors have the opportunity to purchase hundreds of certified Mint State examples, where the largest cluster appears at the MS64 level.  Even Superb examples can be found, though they become very rare in MS67.  The finest example certified by PCGS is a single MS67+.

Though the 1902 Nickel usually comes with a full strike, finding one with full stars, no weakness at the rims/denticles, and with a full ear of corn on the reverse is quite a difficult task.