Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,019,000
Catalog: KM-96
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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1867 RAYS 5C MS obverse 1867 RAYS 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In late 1866 there was already discussion of removing the rays from the reverse of the five-cent piece in an attempt to make the coins strike up more fully. The continued urgent demand for nickels to retire five-cent notes did not allow for any delays in coining, so a modest number was coined early in 1867 before this change could be effected. Actually, a mintage of more than two million pieces is small only when compared to the nearly 29 million produced without rays later in the year.

This subtype With Rays is readily available in worn condition, but Mint State examples are scarce, gems genuinely rare. They displays the same flaws as the 1866 pieces, and few of them are fully struck.

This issue is also rich in varieties, the roster of those recognized by NGC being just the tip of the iceberg. So many varieties are known for Shield Nickels that ones which would be of considerable interest for another coin type are largely overshadowed within this series.

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Price Guide

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1867 RAYS 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 31.05 41.40 58.80 96.00 186 186 258 276 300 318 390 420 468 650 910 3220 9520 29450 - - -
$ 208 280 300 330 350 430 460 510 720 1000 3500 10300 31800 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 549
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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4/27/2014 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1204/Lot# 8631


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7/3/2006 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2227, 2227/Lot# 1098 $476.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2492 $741.75
3/6/2008 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2008 March Phoenix, AZ (ANA) Signature Auction #1102, 1102/Lot# 268 $8,625.00
4/30/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 367, 373/Lot# 5189 $701.50
9/6/2009 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2482 $437.00
11/9/2010 NGC MS 60   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10387 $185.15
11/14/2010 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 210114/Lot# 26016 $253.00
5/6/2012 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/06/2012, 21/Lot# 49771 $27.75
12/2/2012 PCGS VG 8   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/02/2012, 51/Lot# 86442 $22.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1867 RAYS 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3754761021353954775516206637257648029089901393288539196089154742680529889
4261841132214225015746346837387768379351124189032294642921719251278330
000000501574634683738776837935112418903229464292171925100
0000005265976487047517898729621258238735745365123452302800
1867 RAYS 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333339251271166818861946210223352665317639526713238214360879068
333333331010401403174019061998217924452835343448721241530416554280
00000033101040140317401906199821792445283534344872124153041600
00000036171155153518131926205022572555300536935792181183701200
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Grade: MS 65 PL
Points: 3176
Owner: physicsfan3.14
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1393
Owner: r burek
 
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