Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,530,000
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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1876 5C MS obverse 1876 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This date posted a roughly 25% increase in mintage from 1875, and it is nearly equal in overall scarcity. Examples in the lower Mint State grades are usually available, but true gems are quite scarce. Fully struck currency pieces are the exception, with most incomplete in at least some part of the design.

The usual line-up of varieties typical of so many Shield Nickel dates is found once again. The standout, however, is a distinctly tripled obverse die.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/17/2014

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1876 5C MS
Base $ 25.00 35.00 60.00 85.00 120 120 135 145 155 170 205 225 350 410 525 1400 5150 - - - -
$ 130 145 155 165 190 220 240 390 450 600 1650 7350 - -

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Total Graded: 265
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
7/28/2002 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2002 July New York Bullet Sale #295, 295/Lot# 411 $235.75
4/25/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 235 $149.50
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1166 $241.50
10/13/2011 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 7589 $104.00
10/13/2011 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 7590 $241.50
11/26/2012 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3388, 3388/Lot# 1400 $140.00
4/27/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/27/2014, 173/Lot# 182036 $232.10
5/12/2014 NGC Details UNC Details  Stack's Bowers iAuction 3481, 6030/Lot# 20096 $176.25
1/4/2015 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131502/Lot# 23149 $164.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1876 5C MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 1494
Owner: T. J. Newman Collection
Grade: MS 63
Points: 586
Owner: Amazon
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