Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,097,000
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
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1875 5C MS obverse 1875 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Production of the nickel five-cent piece continued its slide during 1875, as the huge numbers minted in previous years were being reissued whenever fit to do so. Thus, coinage was limited to the number needed to replace those lost through normal attrition.

1875 nickels vary in strike and luster, but most are reasonably well made. The supply of Mint State examples is barely sufficient to meet the needs of advanced collectors.

Despite its relatively low mintage, this date still racked up a number of DDO varieties, as well as a smaller roster of RPDs.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/17/2014

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1875 5C MS
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Base $ 27.00 37.50 68.00 90.00 115 115 150 175 200 220 240 270 325 425 680 1500 5250 - - - -
$ 125 170 195 220 240 260 300 360 470 775 1900 6000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 154
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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5/5/2004 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346, 346/Lot# 6080 $8,050.00
5/31/2004 NGC MS 64   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 469 $357.00
10/2/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 288, 294/Lot# 8682 $423.20
3/28/2009 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 March Baltimore, MD Signature US Coin Auction #1126, 1126/Lot# 517 $1,092.50
8/25/2010 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2913, 2913/Lot# 1158 $184.00
6/24/2013 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 3436, 3436/Lot# 1101 $340.00
7/11/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20097 $3,172.50
8/5/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1208/Lot# 3255 $1,527.50


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