Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,000
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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1870 5C PF obverse 1870 5C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1,000 figure represents the number of silver proof sets coined, though it's difficult to believe that so many complete sets were sold. It's likely that some of the silver coins were melted as unsold, while the nickel and other minor coins sold out and were actually supplemented with some additional pieces made later in the year. The actual total will likely never be known.

Proofs of this date are not rare, but their quality is generally a bit lower than in earlier years. The Philadelphia Mint' proofs of the early 1870s are typified by crude, abrasive polishing of the dies that partially effaced some of the shallower design elements. In his Guide Book, Q. David Bowers observed that "flaky or imperfect planchets" are sometimes seen for this date.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/16/2014

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1870 5C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 230 265 290 375 535 1050 2400 - - - -
$ - - - - - 250 290 325 425 600 1500 3250 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 310
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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6/27/2004 NGC Proof 66   Teletrade Auction 1901, 1901/Lot# 1060 $1,320.00
6/27/2005 NGC Proof 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 367 $264.50
9/6/2009 PCGS Proof 64   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2485 $483.00
8/11/2011 NGC Proof 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(1), 1158/Lot# 3329 $805.00
11/29/2012 PCGS Proof 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 7803 $258.50
1/20/2013 PCGS Proof 64   Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/20/2013, 58/Lot# 88336 $497.86
2/3/2014 PCGS Proof 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1202/Lot# 3292 $763.75
4/14/2014 PCGS Proof 65   Cameo Stack's Bowers iAuction 3477, 6026/Lot# 20099 $779.03


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base679412716722028232036038640643145048956366390816092009318351851490827108
7610514018424029433336839241443746351359674411411742240038508426189740
0000003333683924144374635135967441141174224003850842600
00000034637739942244347653862982613751875279145171166700
1870 5C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base106143186244311395445492527551586609659751874117318212259353356851702130838
11815720526633941146050353556259362568979297313891967268342509463216260
0000004605035355625936256897929731389196726834250946300
000000476515543574601642720833107316052113310849671324200
1870 5C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17523029537546958164871376079183586593010481206158321792678411365052039836821
19325132140650660366972877080584588696911001331178123453156491011136258720
0000006697287708058458869691100133117812345315649101113600
00000069174478082085590810081153145719802511363457071576700
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Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 3533
Owner: SLUGGO
 
Grade: PF 66 CA
Points: 2259
Owner: Cameolot
 
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