After the lower mintage issues of the previous two years, typical production levels resumed for the five cent denomination. The 1887 Liberty Nickel (Buy on eBay) had a total mintage for circulation of 15,260,692 pieces struck at the Philadelphia Mint. Additionally, there were 2,960 proof coins struck for collectors.
This issue is somewhat readily available across most grade levels. Well worn pieces might be acquired for around $10, while higher end uncirculated pieces will stretch into the hundreds of dollars. The example shown above has been graded NCG MS65 and features a sharp strike and original wash of greenish gold color. The coin was submitted to the Certified Acceptance Corporation and received a green sticker indicating that it is solid or premium for the given grade.
- Designer: Charles E. Barber
- Composition: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
- Weight: 5 grams
- Diameter: 21.2 mm
- Edge: Plain