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

1903 5C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
3864
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
28,004,930
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$6,900 • PCGS MS67 • 1-6-2003 • Superior Galleries
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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 3,000 R-4.4 29 / 32 TIE 29 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 1,000 R-5.0 32 / 32 32 / 33
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS66+ PCGS grade
3 MS66+ PCGS grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS66+ PCGS grade
3 MS66+ PCGS grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade

Club 33 Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1903 Liberty Head Nickel is another high-mintage date that is common across virtually every grade.  Only in MS67 does this date become rare; in fact, none have been graded finer by PCGS.

As with most other dates in this series, one encounters a variety of strikes including some exceptionally well-struck piece and others with weak stars, corn ears, and denticles.  Luster ranges from frosty to a hard, chrome-like brilliance.