Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 16,000
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
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1880 5C MS obverse 1880 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1880 witnessed the lowest mintage of currency strike for the Shield Nickel series. This production may have had nothing to do with actual circulation demand at all, as it was the Mint's policy to produce a few thousand non-proofs each year to supply the needs of collectors who didn't order proofs and to keep the denomination current. Such minimal coinage was commonplace for quarter and half dollars throughout the 1880s.

1880 nickels that are certifiably non-proofs are extremely rare in Mint State grades. In fact, it's likely that some of the worn pieces known today were also proofs that escaped into circulation. As with the 1879 and 1881 issues, the Mint State coins are typically prooflike to some degree, while the actual proofs were made with such indifference to quality that it's very difficult to distinguish between the two emissions. Certification is essential for any 1880 nickel offered as a non-proof.

The same die pair was used for both issues, and the obverse displays a repunched second 8.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/16/2014

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1880 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1300 1650 2250 3000 6250 6250 7000 7600 9200 10500 11750 12250 13500 27500 57500 74000 115000 - - - -
$ 6750 7500 8000 9750 11500 12000 12750 15000 30000 65000 87500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 37
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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8/9/2014 VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1208/Lot# 3271
8/9/2014 AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1208/Lot# 3272


Auction Prices Realized

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7/3/2000 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1328, 1328/Lot# 1198 $370.60
1/8/2003 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2003, Orlando, FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #308, 308/Lot# 6006 $1,495.00
5/30/2010 PCGS G 6   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1239 $994.00
12/2/2010 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1147/Lot# 3322 $3,450.00
1/9/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1181/Lot# 5555 $49,937.50
7/27/2013 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1643 $7,343.75
1/8/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1201/Lot# 3747 $5,581.25
6/4/2014 PCGS F 15   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1206/Lot# 3345 $4,993.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1880 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base49260774390097413031450158316651718179418431949210623353033406448175747168302685729945
53065279592410831352149416101682174318101878200121822567337643155127944120172278860
00000014941610168217431810187820012182256733764315512794412017200
000000153816371700176818261913205322582800372045665437131352351400
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Grade: AG 3
Points: 492
Owner: Amazon
 
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