Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,530,000
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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1876 5C MS obverse 1876 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This date posted a roughly 25% increase in mintage from 1875, and it is nearly equal in overall scarcity. Examples in the lower Mint State grades are usually available, but true gems are quite scarce. Fully struck currency pieces are the exception, with most incomplete in at least some part of the design.

The usual line-up of varieties typical of so many Shield Nickel dates is found once again. The standout, however, is a distinctly tripled obverse die.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/11/2013

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1876 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 24.15 33.35 57.60 82.80 120 120 132 138 150 168 204 222 350 406 475 1380 4780 - - - -
$ 134 148 155 168 188 220 240 390 450 520 1520 5200 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 260
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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1/30/2006 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2153, 2153/Lot# 1076 $6,272.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1166 $241.50
1/25/2010 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 448, 454/Lot# 175 $230.00
11/9/2010 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10403 $299.00
12/2/2010 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1147/Lot# 7500 $345.00
11/6/2011 PCGS VF 30   Teletrade Auction 3167, 3167/Lot# 1531 $130.00
11/13/2011 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131147/Lot# 26039 $42.00
12/15/2013 PCGS AG 3   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 157932 $17.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1876 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3250679412320923426230133036939543750258668414942009391985941489516905
38557610315121724327531034337740945853061895416652645547710694155650
0000002432753103433774094585306189541665264554771069400
00000025228832035638642348055865112241837328270351279400
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 1494
Owner: T. J. Newman Collection
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 586
Owner: Amazon
 
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