Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 561,000
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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1871 5C MS obverse 1871 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of all minor coins plunged in 1871, as a new law was passed that permitted the Treasury to reissue minor coins that came in for redemption. Previously, such coins were not easily redeemed, and those so received by the Treasury had been destroyed, a remarkably wasteful system indeed. The half million nickels struck during 1871 thus represent merely the number needed to replace those lost as the result of normal attrition through fires and other causes.

This date is moderately scarce in all grades. Mint State pieces are very scarce, with gems being true rarities. As a general rule, however, this date was more carefully made than in earlier years.

A low mintage resulted in only a few varieties, as far fewer dies were needed for such a limited production.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/17/2014

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1871 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 65.00 90.00 120 185 290 290 320 350 390 420 450 480 630 800 1200 2600 4700 - - - -
$ 320 350 375 430 460 500 530 690 880 1350 3250 7350 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 109
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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5/31/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 464 $891.00
6/15/2008 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 2543, 2543/Lot# 1212 $616.00
7/27/2009 NGC MS 60   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 396, 402/Lot# 170 $517.50
9/7/2011 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1159/Lot# 7316 $747.50
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1230 $3,055.00
8/8/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(1), 1188/Lot# 3329 $2,232.50
12/5/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1192/Lot# 3213 $3,290.00
7/13/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/13/2014, 203/Lot# 196996 $1,822.70


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8111114319024839544248953756861364270586510511206175322683984103361758719855
911211582092974104575055475836226637589271102138819242840610112753183430
000000457505547583622663758927110213881924284061011275300
000000473521557598632684811989115415702096341282181517000
1871 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333319029843751756064275288411931547269944851279823146
3333333652263444635315876787969871311193132947256162470
000000365226344463531587678796987131119313294725600
000000312726239049054561471584010901429231538891002700
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 1494
Owner: yosi
 
Grade: MS 65 PL
Points: 1311
Owner: physicsfan3.14
 
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