Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 68,800
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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1881 5C MS obverse 1881 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Production of five-cent pieces was delayed until November, as there existed no additional demand for the denomination for most of 1881. This year's coinages amounted to slightly over four times that of 1880, yet it was still a rather modest figure. 1881 nickels are quite scarce across all grades, though the Mint State pieces certified are of slightly higher average quality than is typical for the series as a whole. Distinguishing between MS and PF coins is a bit of a challenge, though not to the degree found with 1879-80 nickels. The 1881 dies were used long enough to develop some frosty texture, as seen in the example illustrated.

A nice repunched date variety is known for this date, along with a very minor doubled-die obverse.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/16/2014

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1881 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 335 400 485 550 710 710 840 925 975 1100 1150 1250 1325 1425 1975 2750 3500 7750 - - -
$ 765 885 975 1025 1125 1175 1300 1350 1650 2250 3400 4750 10750 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 150
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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8/28/2000 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1351, 1351/Lot# 1087 $654.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2504 $833.75
5/30/2010 PCGS F 15   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1240 $497.00
5/31/2010 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 484, 490/Lot# 70 $2,300.00
6/2/2010 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2010 June Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1140, 1140/Lot# 339 $2,530.00
2/28/2012 PCGS VF 30   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1821 $576.15
5/6/2012 NGC Details F Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/06/2012, 21/Lot# 49782 $187.00
9/23/2012 NGC Details VG Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131240/Lot# 26087 $223.25
1/9/2013 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1181/Lot# 3372 $2,820.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base30438648459766391696910211079111711711206123312781333158317762268398491001438116340
33141852161974793398610401091113511821215124812961416164719402840568910860150340
0000009861040109111351182121512481296141616471940284056891086000
00000010031059110411531194122412631314149917112104341273941262000
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3984
Owner: ddr70
 
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