Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 25,900
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
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1879 5C MS obverse 1879 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

After a two-year suspension of five-cent coinage for circulation the demand had still not built up much by 1879. A mere 25,900 pieces were produced that year, and this date is quite scarce across all grades. Those coins which have survived in Mint State seem to be in higher grades than the usual spread for common dates, but gems are still vastly outnumbered by proofs of similar grade.

The dies were used only briefly and thus lost little of their initial polish, and most Mint State coins are prooflike to some degree. Since the Mint's proofs of this period were made carelessly, there is often quite little visual distinction between the two issues. This problem is further compounded by the fact that at least one obverse die was used for both editions, and this die is distinguished by a repunched date. Authentication is thus mandatory for any 1879 nickel offered as MS versus PF.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/16/2014

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1879 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 400 510 625 750 975 975 1075 1150 1225 1450 1575 1700 1850 2175 2600 3450 4850 13500 - - -
$ 1050 1125 1200 1350 1525 1650 1800 1950 2375 3250 4650 6250 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 77
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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8/9/2014 XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7263
8/9/2014 MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1208/Lot# 3269


Auction Prices Realized

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6/24/1996 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0852, 852/Lot# 1153 $972.00
12/13/2000 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #20123, 20123/Lot# 3149 $1,450.00
12/20/2007 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 205, 211/Lot# 8297 $2,542.65
5/30/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1237 $702.00
3/21/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1183/Lot# 3173 $3,871.63
3/31/2013 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 745, 754/Lot# 53 $6,350.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1642 $2,350.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base463575705856908990100110131073111311701206122612581303158320092643411194531487416881
500618755873935993100510331086113211821212123612731396172522203132589111260155430
00000010051033108611321182121212361273139617252220313258911126000
00000010091053109911511194121912471288148918672431362176721306700
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