Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,150
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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1876 5C PF obverse 1876 5C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1,150 sales figure for silver proof sets reflects the significance of this centennial year, as many Americans sought keepsakes of the nation's birthday. Philadelphia's hosting of the Centennial Exposition prompted many tourists to take side trips to the mint in that city, where a tour and the purchase of souvenir proof coins were almost guaranteed. The total sales of proof 1876 nickels likely reached 2000 or so.

Variable quality is the rule for this year, as for most 1870s issues. Finding an example that has deeply reflective fields on both sides will be challenging. Even so, the higher mintage for this date has led to a greater than usual population of gems and cameo pieces.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/17/2014

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1876 5C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 220 255 300 360 525 825 1225 6500 - - -
$ - - - - - 240 280 330 400 580 1000 1575 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 381
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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9/6/2014 PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 7231


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6/3/1994 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 1994 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #120, 120/Lot# 172 $638.00
4/15/2001 PCGS PF 64   Teletrade Auction 1426, 1426/Lot# 1049 $370.60
5/30/2005 PCGS PF 66   Cameo Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 90 $1,668.00
6/5/2008 NGC PF 66   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 254, 260/Lot# 6091 $1,305.25
9/4/2011 NGC PF 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/04/2011, 134/Lot# 13783 $825.00
11/7/2011 NGC PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2011 November 7-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(1), 1161/Lot# 3144 $1,092.50
4/28/2014 NGC PF 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3479, 6028/Lot# 20100 $464.13
6/27/2014 PCGS PF 67   Ultra Cameo Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1260 $20,562.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1876 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base679412716722028232036038640643145048956366383813211668269944851289723387
761051401842402943333683924144374635135967219991436201132947289163930
000000333368392414437463513596721999143620113294728900
00000034637739942244347653862977911601552235538891009300
1876 5C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base106143186244311395445492527551586609659751874108815051886300949351479726737
11815720526633941146050353556259362568979294512271632226036518222187770
0000004605035355625936256897929451227163222603651822200
000000476515543574601642720833101613661759263442931150900
1876 5C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17523029537546958164871376079183586593010481206147718172254352556751785032133
1932513214065066036697287708058458869691100129615901962267742419733226110
000000669728770805845886969110012961590196226774241973300
00000069174478082085590810081153138617032108310149581379100
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Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 3009
Owner: SLUGGO
 
Grade: PF 67
Points: 2699
Owner: T. J. Newman Collection
 
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