Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 960
Catalog: KM-97
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.00 Grams
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1871 5C PF obverse 1871 5C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

How many proof nickels were sold in 1871 in addition to the 960 included in complete silver sets is unknown, but a combined total in the 1200-1500 range is possible.

The crude die-polishing seen on 1870 proofs just worsened for the 1871 coins of all denominations. The brilliance of the fields is a bit irregular, with deep abrasion lines in place of the delicate, uniform polish that was used in the 1860s.

Gems of this date are not particularly rare, and a fair number of cameo proofs are also found. The low mintage of currency pieces has put extra price pressure on 1871 proofs, as they must often stand in for the rare MS issue.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/11/2013

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1871 5C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 216 264 306 390 513 970 1460 4750 - - -
$ - - - - - 240 290 340 430 560 1070 1610 5100 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 313
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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4/27/2014 PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1204/Lot# 8642
4/27/2014 PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1204/Lot# 8641


Auction Prices Realized

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12/8/2004 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2004 December Dallas Signature Sale #277, 277/Lot# 5510 $575.00
2/11/2007 NGC PF 64   Cameo Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1111 $540.00
12/23/2010 NGC PF 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 543, 550/Lot# 5110 $373.75
10/13/2011 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(1), 1160/Lot# 3360 $805.00
7/26/2012 NGC PF 66   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 5226 $2,760.00
4/1/2013 PCGS PF 63   Cameo Teletrade Auction 3424, 3424/Lot# 1301 $399.50
7/27/2013 NGC PF 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30219 $332.53


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base679412716722028232036038640643145048956366390815051886300949351421925829
7610514018424029433336839241443746351359674411071632226036518029180890
0000003333683924144374635135967441107163222603651802900
00000034637739942244347653862982613061759263442931112400
1871 5C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base106143186244311395445492527551586609659751874117317072124334554171625929430
11815720526633941146050353556259362568979297313511846253140359031206490
0000004605035355625936256897929731351184625314035903100
000000476515543574601642720833107315291985293847261264500
1871 5C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17523029537546958164871376079183586593010481206158320482525390262091952635214
19325132140650660366972877080584588696911001331173822072984467110648247550
0000006697287708058458869691100133117382207298446711064800
00000069174478082085590810081153145718932366344354401508700
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Grade: PF 64
Points: 908
Owner: D. L. Tyler
 
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