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

1905 5C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
3866
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
29,825,124
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$7,050 • PCGS MS66+ • 7-10-2014 • 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 100,000 R-2.0 28 / 32 TIE 28 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 3,000 R-4.4 29 / 32 TIE 29 / 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 MS66+ PCGS grade
1 MS66+ PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade

Club 33 Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

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

Club 33 Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

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: The 1905 Liberty Head Nickel is typical of the high-mintage dates of the 1900s.  It is a very common coin across all grades up to and including MS66.  The finest examples certified by PCGS include two in MS66+.  Strike quality is sometimes an issue, but as can be seen on the images above, eye appeal often trumps.  Look for coins with booming luster and attractive color -- these seem to get the best grades and the highest prices.