Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,538,000
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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1874 5C MS obverse 1874 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of nickels fell by about a million pieces from 1873 to 1874, and this date is slightly scarcer in overall numbers. Mint State survivors are elusive, with gems being quite scarce. The quality of these pieces is highly variable, with most falling short of fully struck.

As is the case with most Shield Nickels, doubled-die obverse varieties are numerous, with a smattering of repunched dates, as well.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/11/2013

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1874 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 23.00 32.20 46.80 70.80 96.00 96.00 108 113 144 174 192 204 250 338 475 1660 4880 - - - -
$ 108 121 126 161 195 215 220 280 370 520 1830 5300 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 157
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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10/2/2007 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2007 September Long Beach, CA US Coin Final Session #447, 447/Lot# 7483 $345.00
9/18/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 284, 290/Lot# 5238 $391.00
11/9/2010 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10399 $213.90
4/27/2011 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1154/Lot# 9777 $1,610.00
1/1/2012 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3199, 3199/Lot# 1271 $368.00
12/23/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Teletrade Auction 3403, 3403/Lot# 1387 $80.00
6/2/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 117286 $172.70


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1874 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2841547610219021223728832036639545056368490014721969388589981562417705
32456184131197220254298335375413487603756109016372607558911206163170
00000022025429833537541348760375610901637260755891120600
00000022827130935038543152564382812811803324672931341500
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 1472
Owner: Amazon
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 900
Owner: S & RB
 
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