Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 16,000
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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1880 5C MS obverse 1880 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

1880 witnessed the lowest mintage of currency strike for the Shield Nickel series. This production may have had nothing to do with actual circulation demand at all, as it was the Mint's policy to produce a few thousand non-proofs each year to supply the needs of collectors who didn't order proofs and to keep the denomination current. Such minimal coinage was commonplace for quarter and half dollars throughout the 1880s.

1880 nickels that are certifiably non-proofs are extremely rare in Mint State grades. In fact, it's likely that some of the worn pieces known today were also proofs that escaped into circulation. As with the 1879 and 1881 issues, the Mint State coins are typically prooflike to some degree, while the actual proofs were made with such indifference to quality that it's very difficult to distinguish between the two emissions. Certification is essential for any 1880 nickel offered as a non-proof.

The same die pair was used for both issues, and the obverse displays a repunched second 8.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/30/2015

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1880 5C MS
Base $ 1550 1850 2350 3500 6500 7250 7900 9200 10500 12250 13500 27500 39000 90000 140000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 55000 - - - -

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Total Graded: 38
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

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7/3/2000 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1328, 1328/Lot# 1198 $370.60
7/27/2005 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 July San Francisco, CA (ANA) Signature Auction #382, 382/Lot# 10129 $25,300.00
5/30/2010 PCGS G 6   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1239 $994.00
6/2/2010 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2010 June Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1140, 1140/Lot# 338 $40,250.00
7/12/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1172/Lot# 3921 $29,900.00
6/27/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1268 $170,375.00
8/5/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1208/Lot# 3272 $5,287.50
11/6/2014 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(2), 1211/Lot# 3610 $5,581.25

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1880 5C MS
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Grade: AG 3
Points: 492
Owner: Amazon
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