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: 574
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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12/3/1997 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1003, 1003/Lot# 1153 $174.40
5/31/2004 NGC MS 65   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 458 $863.00
2/13/2006 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 74, 79/Lot# 228 $287.50
11/7/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 November 7-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(1), 1161/Lot# 3136 $3,737.50
2/25/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Teletrade Auction 3419, 3419/Lot# 1358 $190.00
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1184/Lot# 7522 $528.75
5/19/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/19/2013, 75/Lot# 115876 $184.64
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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