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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Last Updated: 6/11/2013

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1880 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 600 750 930 1590 2700 2700 2940 3270 5310 5940 6540 7170 8410 13750 31560 66950 90350 - - - -
$ 2900 3200 3500 5700 6400 7100 7700 9100 14900 34100 72000 98000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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


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7/3/2000 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1328, 1328/Lot# 1198 $370.60
6/1/2006 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 June Long Beach Signature Auction #408, 408/Lot# 586 $37,375.00
9/13/2006 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2006 September Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #416, 416/Lot# 777 $5,750.00
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
3/31/2011 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 1090 $1,610.00
6/1/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1156/Lot# 3206 $51,750.00
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


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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