Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 900
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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1877 5C PF obverse 1877 5C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Some 510 1877 nickels were included in the silver proof sets of that year, but the number of additional pieces sold in minor sets was only partially recorded. One report indicates that a total of 900 were produced, but this coin's status as a proof-only date almost guaranteed that an unknown number of restrikes were likely made at some point. The fact that two obverse dies are known for 1877 nickels reinforces this notion, though it's not absolute proof. Since more than two thousand were coined the following year, a number approaching that figure is reasonable for 1877.

Like most proofs of this era, these coins are usually not up to the standards one expects for a proof. While the fields may be either reflective or partially satiny in texture, the planchets were not always properly prepared, leaving a grainy texture in places.

Gems are not rare, at least as indicated by the certified population, but then this date's proof-only status may have prompted a greater number of submissions. Cameo pieces are likewise available to the advanced collector, but Ultra Cameo examples are quite rare.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/1/2015

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1877 5C PF
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1500 1600 1750 1950 2250 2400 2500 2750 2850 3100 3250 3750 4350 5150 6150 11750 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 4650 5500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 418
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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10/25/1999 PCGS PF 66   Teletrade Auction 1227, 1227/Lot# 1167 $2,461.00
5/31/2004 PCGS PF 65   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 471 $3,910.00
5/30/2010 PCGS PF XF 40   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1236 $2,632.00
2/7/2013 NGC PF 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1182/Lot# 4068 $2,585.00
7/27/2013 NGC PF 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1636 $3,818.75
7/27/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1634 $4,747.00
1/5/2014 PCGS PF 66   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 785, 794/Lot# 552 $6,250.00
5/12/2015 PCGS PF 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2015 May 12 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection III US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1228/Lot# 98131 $10,575.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1877 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base47959572988210621266138714991582163617131762178118121843201724012936404859652175238773
51864078094211301306142415271600166217291768179118221901214525793307468711227274260
00000014241527160016621729176817911822190121452579330746871122700
00000014621554161816871746177518021833195922732758367753261649000
1877 5C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base568697846101912181444157717011792185119351989200920442078226826853265446565182409342923
611747904108512931488161817311812187919531996202120552141240728783665514912376303700
00000016181731181218791953199620212055214124072878366551491237600
00000016601762183119071971200220322067220525463072406558341823500
1877 5C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7218741051125514861747190020412147221423102372239424332472268831603813515374242796849788
7729331119133215731798194720762169224623312379240724462544284533784260591014272352410
00000019472076216922462331237924072446254428453378426059101427200
00000019942112219222782351238724202459261630033595470666672112000
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