Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 6,036,000
Catalog: KM-97
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.00 Grams
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1872 5C MS obverse 1872 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

After the low mintage of 1871, this year's figure rebounded somewhat. 1872 nickels are only slightly scarce in circulated grades, while Mint State examples are in short supply. Most of these, however, are well struck.

There were two different obverse hubs used for the dies dated 1872, but there seems to be little interest in these varieties. Far more popular are the many doubled-die obverse varieties. 1872 is one of the richest dates for DDO coins. Also notable are several repunched date varieties, the most interesting of these having the large date punch for a Seated Liberty Dime partially effaced and then repunched with a normal date punch for this denomination.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/11/2013

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1872 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 19.55 28.75 42.00 57.60 85.20 85.20 107 110 132 162 174 186 244 313 525 1410 3410 10990 - - -
$ 95.00 120 124 148 181 195 208 270 340 580 1550 3700 11900 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 257
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/7/1996 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0813, 813/Lot# 227 $174.40
11/21/2002 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2002 November Santa Clara Signature Sale #304, 304/Lot# 5717 $1,265.00
12/8/2011 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(1), 1162/Lot# 3232 $1,150.00
2/28/2012 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1812 $1,380.00
10/28/2012 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/28/2012, 46/Lot# 81573 $198.00
1/9/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 8945 $352.50
4/21/2013 PCGS MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 748, 757/Lot# 36 $240.00
3/2/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131410/Lot# 29095 $82.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base162437506712717121225127531133638150264285614771969388589651569617784
1828415587141184225259287319351421548713106316412607557811208163920
00000018422525928731935142154871310631641260755781120800
00000019823826729932736646159578412701805324672711345200
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 1051
Owner: jacmitch
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 856
Owner: Amazon
 
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