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 85.00 120 135 145 155 170 225 350 410 525 1400 5150 - - - -
$ 130 145 155 165 190 240 390 450 600 1650 7350 - -

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Total Graded: 264
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
2/3/1995 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions February 1995 Long Beach Bullet Sale #129, 129/Lot# 103 $577.50
7/22/1998 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1069, 1069/Lot# 1167 $196.20
1/30/2006 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2153, 2153/Lot# 1076 $6,272.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1166 $241.50
8/11/2008 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 273, 279/Lot# 285 $241.50
11/9/2010 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10403 $299.00
12/2/2010 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1147/Lot# 7501 $345.00
11/29/2012 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 7793 $117.50
12/15/2013 PCGS AG 3   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 157932 $17.00

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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