1885 Liberty Head 5-cent piece essentially flawless

Impressive coins in Heritage’s nearly $10 million Nov. 2 to 4 U.S. Coins auction in Dallas
By , Coin World
Published : 11/30/17
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In MS-67 the 1885 Liberty Head 5-cent coin is a true rarity, with PCGS just grading three at this level and none finer. Heritage wrote, “Delicate champagne, rose, and powder-blue hues decorate the surfaces. A 10x loupe fails to reveal a single notable flaw, although held at certain angles one can see the remnants of die polishing lines in the fields, indicative of an early die state.” It sold for $43,200, falling short of Heritage’s prediction that it might break the price record for the issue, set in 2006 when a different example in this grade brought $74,750 at American Numismatic Rarities’s auction of the Dale Friend Collection.

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