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: 7/17/2014

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1869 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 19.00 27.00 33.00 41.00 69.00 99.00 110 120 135 165 200 275 435 800 2500 10000 - - -
$ 77.00 110 120 135 145 180 220 300 475 900 6250 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 516
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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6/7/2015 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1221/Lot# 7242


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9/15/2003 NGC MS 62   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 156 $311.00
6/13/2010 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2870, 2870/Lot# 1296 $97.75
9/4/2011 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/04/2011, 134/Lot# 15799 $332.20
7/8/2012 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131229/Lot# 24059 $64.00
1/12/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/12/2014, 180/Lot# 162762 $253.00
8/5/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1208/Lot# 3248 $1,057.50
7/11/2014 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5424 $352.50
9/28/2014 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 823, 832/Lot# 574 $700.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1869 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base162432456311915920122724827229233040948966312331707371277661360415485
18263651811321732092342562783043564355478531391237550639712142310
000000173209234256278304356435547853139123755063971200
00000018721824126428531738246260510431549304364141165800
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 1233
Owner: Amazon
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1013
Owner: Rick's Keepers
 
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