Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,097,000
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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1875 5C MS obverse 1875 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Production of the nickel five-cent piece continued its slide during 1875, as the huge numbers minted in previous years were being reissued whenever fit to do so. Thus, coinage was limited to the number needed to replace those lost through normal attrition.

1875 nickels vary in strike and luster, but most are reasonably well made. The supply of Mint State examples is barely sufficient to meet the needs of advanced collectors.

Despite its relatively low mintage, this date still racked up a number of DDO varieties, as well as a smaller roster of RPDs.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/30/2015

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1875 5C MS
Base $ 27.00 37.50 68.00 90.00 115 185 200 220 240 280 325 425 700 1650 5000 - - - -
$ 125 - 210 230 250 300 360 470 775 1900 7350 - -

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Total Graded: 170
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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6/2/1995 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 1995 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #136, 136/Lot# 77 $2,200.00
5/31/2004 NGC MS 64   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 469 $357.00
9/5/2010 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210092, 210092/Lot# 22555 $94.00
6/1/2011 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1156/Lot# 3205 $4,600.00
6/27/2011 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 596, 603/Lot# 1089 $1,265.00
7/7/2011 PCGS MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1157/Lot# 7503 $235.75
6/20/2012 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 3298, 3298/Lot# 1345 $210.00
6/27/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1259 $3,172.50

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