Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 6,036,000
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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1872 5C MS obverse 1872 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

After the low mintage of 1871, this year's figure rebounded somewhat. 1872 nickels are only slightly scarce in circulated grades, while Mint State examples are in short supply. Most of these, however, are well struck.

There were two different obverse hubs used for the dies dated 1872, but there seems to be little interest in these varieties. Far more popular are the many doubled-die obverse varieties. 1872 is one of the richest dates for DDO coins. Also notable are several repunched date varieties, the most interesting of these having the large date punch for a Seated Liberty Dime partially effaced and then repunched with a normal date punch for this denomination.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/17/2014

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1872 5C MS
Base $ 21.00 30.00 45.00 60.00 87.50 105 110 135 160 185 245 315 475 1725 3850 22500 - - -
$ 100.00 110 125 150 175 210 270 340 600 1900 5750 - -

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Total Graded: 276
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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6/29/1998 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 1062, 1062/Lot# 1231 $70.85
10/30/2006 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 October Dallas Online Session #429, 429/Lot# 7499 $345.00
2/4/2010 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 451, 457/Lot# 9189 $1,955.00
5/29/2011 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131123/Lot# 28038 $104.00
2/28/2012 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1812 $1,380.00
8/11/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131334/Lot# 20029 $199.75
3/2/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131410/Lot# 29095 $82.00
5/4/2014 PCGS VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/04/2014, 169/Lot# 184857 $86.90

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 5C MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 1494
Owner: jacmitch
Grade: MS 64
Points: 856
Owner: Amazon
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