Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 600
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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1869 5C PF obverse 1869 5C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The total sales of proof nickels in 1869 comprised the 600 included in silver proof sets plus an unknown number sold as part of the minor sets. Bowers provided an estimate of 850-1,100, which seems reasonable. All feature the so-called "wide date," which is the correct size for Shield Nickels, and this obverse is paired with a Reverse of 67 die.

Proofs of average quality are fairly common, with this date becoming scarce only at the PF 65 level and higher. Cameo pieces are very rare, though perhaps not as much as for earlier dates. Most proofs are quite sharply struck, though a few, such as the example illustrated, may have been incomplete in the stars.

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1869 5C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 228 264 288 390 550 910 1460 3480 - - -
$ - - - - - 250 290 320 430 610 1000 1610 3800 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 346
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/5/1994 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions February 1994 Long Beach Sale #112, 112/Lot# 6741 $935.00
1/18/2004 NGC PF 65   Teletrade Auction 1833, 1833/Lot# 1041 $770.00
5/30/2005 PCGS PF 65   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 89 $1,035.00
8/8/2005 NGC PF 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #48, 53/Lot# 173 $1,472.00
6/5/2011 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131124/Lot# 20621 $718.75
5/30/2012 NGC PF 65   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 4012 $644.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1869 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base679412716722028232036038640643145048956366392514211788287047341368224833
7610514018424029433336839241443746351359675010901543214834917716173990
0000003333683924144374635135967501090154321483491771600
00000034637739942244347653862983712551665250941121069900
1869 5C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base106143186244311395445492527551586609659751874119316152017319452011566628332
11815720526633941146050353556259362568979298013331749240938638689198880
0000004605035355625936256897929801333174924093863868900
000000476515543574601642720833108614741883280145321217700
1869 5C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17523029537546958164871376079183586593010481206160919442403373359701884733960
19325132140650660366972877080584588696911001340172020972846447810262238840
0000006697287708058458869691100134017202097284644781026200
00000069174478082085590810081153147418322250328952241455400
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Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 3194
Owner: Cameolot
 
Grade: PF 67
Points: 2870
Owner: SLUGGO
 
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