Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 16,395,000
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
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1869 5C MS obverse 1869 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The mintage of nickels fell in 1869 from the previous two years, but it was still fairly generous within the series as a whole. Circulated pieces are common, while Mint State coins are noticeably scarcer than for previous dates. Gems are elusive.

Two reverse hub styles were employed for this year's production, though there doesn't seem to be much difference in rarity. The Reverse of 67 is recognizable by a star pointing between lettersAM of AMERICA, while the Reverse of 69 (photo) has this star pointing to the M alone. These various changes seem to have resulted from the Mint's efforts to make the reverse of this coin type strike up more fully. The obverse was modified slightly during 1869, as well, but the distinctions are too slight to attract attention from anyone but hardcore specialists. The new hub did, however, include the "Missing Leaf" of earlier issues.

Once again, a large mintage resulted in a proliferation of die-punching varieties, these distributed over both reverse styles. The most obvious variety is an anomalous date punch known variously as the Narrow Date, the Normal Date or the Tall Date. This punch was evidently intended for another denomination but used on a nickel obverse by mistake.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/1/2015

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1869 5C MS
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Total Graded: 525
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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9/23/2007 NGC MS 63   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1160 $184.00
5/22/2008 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 247, 253/Lot# 5404 $678.50
10/24/2010 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2947, 2947/Lot# 1276 $80.50
7/7/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1157/Lot# 7495 $575.00
3/21/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1183/Lot# 7291 $238.53
1/12/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/12/2014, 180/Lot# 162762 $253.00
6/9/2014 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20141 $493.50
2/8/2015 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131507/Lot# 25698 $56.00
4/2/2015 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3528, 6097/Lot# 20079 $82.25

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1869 5C MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 1233
Owner: Amazon
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1013
Owner: Rick's Keepers
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