Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1877 5C PF obverse 1877 5C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Some 510 1877 nickels were included in the silver proof sets of that year, but the number of additional pieces sold in minor sets was only partially recorded. One report indicates that a total of 900 were produced, but this coin's status as a proof-only date almost guaranteed that an unknown number of restrikes were likely made at some point. The fact that two obverse dies are known for 1877 nickels reinforces this notion, though it's not absolute proof. Since more than two thousand were coined the following year, a number approaching that figure is reasonable for 1877.

Like most proofs of this era, these coins are usually not up to the standards one expects for a proof. While the fields may be either reflective or partially satiny in texture, the planchets were not always properly prepared, leaving a grainy texture in places.

Gems are not rare, at least as indicated by the certified population, but then this date's proof-only status may have prompted a greater number of submissions. Cameo pieces are likewise available to the advanced collector, but Ultra Cameo examples are quite rare.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/17/2014

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1877 5C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1500 1600 1750 1950 2250 2250 2400 2500 2750 2850 3000 3100 3250 3750 4250 5250 6150 11750 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 4750 5850 6900 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 430
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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11/17/1997 NGC PF 65   Teletrade Auction 0998, 998/Lot# 1140 $1,782.00
2/4/2009 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1122, 1122/Lot# 685 $5,175.00
9/6/2009 PCGS PF 64   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2490 $3,335.00
5/30/2010 PCGS PF 40   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1236 $2,632.00
11/7/2011 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 November 7-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(1), 1161/Lot# 3145 $4,312.50
5/30/2012 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1171/Lot# 3323 $4,025.00
7/27/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1634 $4,747.00
10/13/2013 PCGS PF 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 773, 782/Lot# 1042 $5,850.00
3/27/2014 NGC PF 58   Heritage Auctions Monthly World and Ancient Coin Auction - Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection Session(1), 241414/Lot# 16014 $76.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1877 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base47959572988210621266138714991582163617131762178118121843201724012936404859652175238773
51763978094211301306142415261600166117291768179118221901214525793306468711227274250
00000014241526160016611729176817911822190121452579330646871122700
00000014611554161816871745177418011832195922732757367753261648900
1877 5C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base568697846101912181444157717011792185119351989200920442078226826853265446565182409342923
611746903108512931488161817311811187919531995202020552141240728783665514912376303690
00000016181731181118791953199520202055214124072878366551491237600
00000016591761183119071971200220322066220425463071406558331823400
1877 5C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7218741051125514861747190020412147221423102372239424332472268831603813515374242796849788
7729331119133215731798194720762169224623302379240724462544284533774259591014272352410
00000019472076216922462330237924072446254428453377425959101427200
00000019942111219122782351238624202459261630023595470666672112000
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Grade: PF 66 UC
Points: 3813
Owner: Cameolot
 
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