Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 700
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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1874 5C PF obverse 1874 5C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The U. S. Mint did not record sales of minor proofs outside of those included in the silver proof sets, since it did not need to account for any precious metals. This policy did not change until 1878, and for earlier issues numismatists can only estimate the total coinage. It's likely that nearly twice the number of 1874 proof nickels shown in the figure here were actually distributed, though their attrition has been higher than one would expect of proof coins.

This issue is usually found well made, with one exception---as in the example illustrated, the star adjacent to letter CA of AMERICA is typically flattened by grease or debris in the die.

One proof die shows slight repunching of numeral 4, but such varieties in proof coins do not attract much interest.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/16/2014

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1874 5C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 230 265 290 360 525 825 1175 5000 - - -
$ - - - - - 250 290 325 400 580 970 2100 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 298
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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Grade
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12/31/2006 PCGS PF 65   Teletrade Auction 2306, 2306/Lot# 1160 $840.00
2/11/2007 NGC PF 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1113 $468.00
9/21/2009 NGC PF 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7140 $603.75
1/3/2010 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210012, 210012/Lot# 22032 $632.50
4/27/2011 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(1), 1154/Lot# 3030 $891.25
7/27/2013 NGC PF 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30224 $387.75
4/6/2014 PCGS Genuine Proof   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/06/2014, 175/Lot# 183537 $82.50
9/4/2014 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 7228 $352.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1874 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base679412716722028232036038640643145048956366387414211788287047341362224727
7610514018424029433336839241443746351359673310561543214834917696173230
0000003333683924144374635135967331056154321483491769600
00000034637739942244347653862980312381665250941121065900
1874 5C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base106143186244311395445492527551586609659751874113116152017319452011560028215
11815720526633941146050353556259362568979295912921749240938638667198050
0000004605035355625936256897929591292174924093863866700
000000476515543574601642720833104514531883280145321213300
1874 5C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17523029537546958164871376079183586593010481206153119442403373359701877133826
19325132140650660366972877080584588696911001314166820972846447810237237890
0000006697287708058458869691100131416682097284644781023700
00000069174478082085590810081153142218062250328952241450400
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Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 3194
Owner: SLUGGO
 
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