Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,955
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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1880 5C PF obverse 1880 5C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Proofs of this date are plentiful, unlike the very rare currency strikes. This disparity has led to many attempts to get proofs certified as MS, but precious few truly MS pieces are known.

This date typically comes quite well struck and with brilliant fields. Some will show a slightly uneven surface, and it's not certain whether this is due to flaws in the die or improper planchet preparation. The latter case is most likely. Gems are not rare, and even Cameo examples may be found with some frequency.

All proofs and currency strikes are from the same dies, the obverse revealing a distinctly repunched date. This has only added to the confusion over which coins are proofs and which are not.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/11/2013

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1880 5C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 294 318 414 450 538 710 940 1820 9560 - -
$ - - - - - 320 350 460 500 590 780 1030 2000 -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 855
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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4/20/2014 PF 66   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 800, 809/Lot# 742


Auction Prices Realized

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6/6/1997 PCGS PF 67   Heritage Auctions 1997 June Long Beach Sale #173, 173/Lot# 6001 $1,610.00
2/5/2006 NGC PF 65   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 60 $575.00
7/3/2006 PCGS PF 66   Teletrade Auction 2227, 2227/Lot# 1103 $952.00
1/3/2007 NGC PF 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 2099 $1,610.00
4/28/2008 NGC PF 65   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 242, 248/Lot# 215 $874.00
1/1/2012 NGC PF 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/01/2012, 1/Lot# 29344 $507.10
1/24/2012 NGC PF 65   Cameo Stack's Bowers The January 2012 Americana Sale, 134/Lot# 8398 $632.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1880 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base679412716722028232036038640643145050263170582011381450238540241168621129
761051401842402943333683924144374675456557439261242176129316578148330
000000333368392414437467545655743926124217612931657800
0000003463773994224434845886807811032134620733477913200
1880 5C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base106143186244311395445492527551586609674835925106613031647266844391345524241
11815720526633941146050353556259363072786597211451417198732587444170500
0000004605035355625936307278659721145141719873258744400
000000476515543574601652781895101912241532232738481044900
1880 5C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17523029537546958164871376079183586594911561271145015831980314051251630529269
19325132140650660366972877080584589310181194133014941715236638018851206260
0000006697287708058458931018119413301494171523663801885100
00000069174478082085592110871232139015381847275344631257800
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Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 2668
Owner: Cameolot
 
Grade: PF 66 CAMEO
Points: 1647
Owner: 1 The RJ
 
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