Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 960
Catalog: KM-97
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.00 Grams
Edge: Plain
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1871 5C PF obverse 1871 5C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

How many proof nickels were sold in 1871 in addition to the 960 included in complete silver sets is unknown, but a combined total in the 1200-1500 range is possible.

The crude die-polishing seen on 1870 proofs just worsened for the 1871 coins of all denominations. The brilliance of the fields is a bit irregular, with deep abrasion lines in place of the delicate, uniform polish that was used in the 1860s.

Gems of this date are not particularly rare, and a fair number of cameo proofs are also found. The low mintage of currency pieces has put extra price pressure on 1871 proofs, as they must often stand in for the rare MS issue.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/16/2014

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1871 5C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 220 265 310 410 540 1000 1550 6250 - - -
$ - - - - - 240 290 345 460 625 1125 1900 11500 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 314
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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9/6/2009 PCGS PF 64   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2486 $632.50
12/23/2010 NGC PF 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 543, 550/Lot# 5110 $373.75
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24309 $289.05
11/29/2012 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 7804 $941.18
4/1/2013 PCGS PF 63   Cameo Teletrade Auction 3424, 3424/Lot# 1301 $399.50
6/4/2014 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1206/Lot# 7503 $646.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base679412716722028232036038640643145048956366390815051886300949351421925829
7610514018424029433336839241443746351359674411071632226036518029180890
0000003333683924144374635135967441107163222603651802900
00000034637739942244347653862982613061759263442931112400
1871 5C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base106143186244311395445492527551586609659751874117317072124334554171625929430
11815720526633941146050353556259362568979297313511846253140359031206490
0000004605035355625936256897929731351184625314035903100
000000476515543574601642720833107315291985293847261264500
1871 5C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17523029537546958164871376079183586593010481206158320482525390262091952635214
19325132140650660366972877080584588696911001331173822072984467110648247550
0000006697287708058458869691100133117382207298446711064800
00000069174478082085590810081153145718932366344354401508700
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Grade: PF 64
Points: 908
Owner: D. L. Tyler
 
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