Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,200
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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1879 5C PF obverse 1879 5C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Proofs of this date had a mintage and remain plentiful today, far more so than the rare currency pieces. Gems are not rare, but those showing cameo contrast on both sides are.

There are two repunched date varieties for this issue, one of which has been touted as an overdate for years. NGC does not agree with this assessment and no longer recognizes it as such.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/17/2014

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1879 5C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 315 350 385 440 600 800 1200 2750 11500 - -
$ - - - - - 340 380 425 475 650 900 1400 3800 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 551
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/20/2005 PCGS PF 65   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1015 $661.25
7/8/2010 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2010 July Orlando, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1142, 1142/Lot# 3267 $920.00
8/5/2012 NGC PF 67   Teletrade Auction 3323, 3323/Lot# 1273 $1,200.00
11/29/2012 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 7817 $544.03
6/23/2013 PCGS PF 65   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 757, 766/Lot# 71 $800.00
3/30/2014 NGC PF 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 164864 $690.80
4/28/2014 NGC PF 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3479, 6028/Lot# 20103 $440.63


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5685916136356596827077337607878138429059641152123914271707265753121321023770
5755986206436666907157427697958228639241026118113011520202335427944167300
000000715742769795822863924102611811301152020233542794400
0000007247517788048328849441089121013641613234044271057700
1879 5C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20926834543153966173780786089394197499710331219132715051854296348691514327160
22829337346757968676082487190995298110091095125513861621222335988293191480
0000007608248719099529811009109512551386162122233598829300
00000078384288292596398910211157129114451737259342331171800
1879 5C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base667412512633772935103111211187123112931333136314081450165817852217347456021824832618
66744555267982696710611143120112511306134313781422151917001929263641839817230380
0000001061114312011251130613431378142215191700192926364183981700
00000010911165121612721319135313931436158817422073305548921403200
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Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 2963
Owner: SLUGGO
 
Grade: PF 63
Points: 1152
Owner: ddr70
 
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