Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,019,000
Catalog: KM-96
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.00 Grams
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1867 RAYS 5C MS obverse 1867 RAYS 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

In late 1866 there was already discussion of removing the rays from the reverse of the five-cent piece in an attempt to make the coins strike up more fully. The continued urgent demand for nickels to retire five-cent notes did not allow for any delays in coining, so a modest number was coined early in 1867 before this change could be effected. Actually, a mintage of more than two million pieces is small only when compared to the nearly 29 million produced without rays later in the year.

This subtype With Rays is readily available in worn condition, but Mint State examples are scarce, gems genuinely rare. They displays the same flaws as the 1866 pieces, and few of them are fully struck.

This issue is also rich in varieties, the roster of those recognized by NGC being just the tip of the iceberg. So many varieties are known for Shield Nickels that ones which would be of considerable interest for another coin type are largely overshadowed within this series.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/17/2014

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1867 RAYS 5C MS
Base $ 32.00 42.50 60.00 97.50 190 260 280 300 330 435 515 675 1150 3400 10000 35000 - - -
$ 210 280 300 330 360 470 565 775 1625 4000 14500 - -

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Total Graded: 573
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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8/28/2000 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1351, 1351/Lot# 1076 $392.40
5/9/2007 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2007 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #434, 434/Lot# 2712 $4,025.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2492 $741.75
8/15/2011 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 8078 $4,887.50
8/2/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(5), 1173/Lot# 7453 $329.00
12/9/2012 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 729, 738/Lot# 14 $375.00
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 203536 $515.00
7/25/2014 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3492, 6043/Lot# 22078 $2,203.13

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1867 RAYS 5C MS
1867 RAYS 5C MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 65 PL
Points: 3176
Owner: physicsfan3.14
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1843
Owner: redbird97
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