Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,451,500
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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1883 SHIELD 5C MS obverse 1883 SHIELD 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Despite its modest mintage the 1883 Shield Nickel is the most plentiful issue in Mint State. This is due entirely to speculative hoarding by collectors and the general public aware that the design was about to be replaced.

Most coins of this date were well made and display good luster. They usually have decent strikes, though the numerals of the date may be a bit shallow or partially filled. It is thus the ideal type coin for the series without rays.

Several repunched date varieties are known for 1883. These are in addition to the numerous overdates, which are described in the next entry.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/17/2014

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1883 SHIELD 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 18.00 25.00 30.00 39.00 65.00 65.00 95.00 100.00 110 125 145 165 175 215 325 675 1250 4500 - - -
$ 70.00 100.00 110 125 135 160 175 195 235 375 775 1500 7000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1649
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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3/21/2001 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #21034, 21034/Lot# 4116 $120.00
3/16/2005 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2014, 2014/Lot# 1125 $253.00
6/11/2007 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 149, 154/Lot# 33 $143.75
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3832 $312.00
5/28/2008 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 7569 $333.50
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2299 $920.00
11/11/2012 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131247/Lot# 20626 $152.75
5/11/2014 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/11/2014, 179/Lot# 182037 $105.60


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1883 SHIELD 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base162437506711515920122724827229233040948966311101707371276201333915193
18284155831291732092342562783043564355478121309237550149526139570
000000173209234256278304356435547812130923755014952600
0000001872182412642853173824626059611508304363171143200
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 1051
Owner: MikeInFL
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 620
Owner: Steve Sosko
 
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