Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 68,800
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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1881 5C MS obverse 1881 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Production of five-cent pieces was delayed until November, as there existed no additional demand for the denomination for most of 1881. This year's coinages amounted to slightly over four times that of 1880, yet it was still a rather modest figure. 1881 nickels are quite scarce across all grades, though the Mint State pieces certified are of slightly higher average quality than is typical for the series as a whole. Distinguishing between MS and PF coins is a bit of a challenge, though not to the degree found with 1879-80 nickels. The 1881 dies were used long enough to develop some frosty texture, as seen in the example illustrated.

A nice repunched date variety is known for this date, along with a very minor doubled-die obverse.

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1881 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 300 385 485 570 735 900 975 1025 1075 1225 1275 1350 1875 2650 3800 9500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 2150 3250 5250 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 158
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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1/25/2004 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1580 $575.00
11/29/2007 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2007 November Houston, TX US Coin Signature Auction #370, 370/Lot# 60200 $920.00
11/30/2009 NGC VF 35   Teletrade Auction 2778, 2778/Lot# 1105 $632.50
5/30/2010 PCGS F 15   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1240 $497.00
5/31/2010 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 484, 490/Lot# 70 $2,300.00
3/11/2013 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3421, 3421/Lot# 1385 $575.00
8/30/2013 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4286 $529.93
2/27/2014 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(5), 1203/Lot# 7265 $646.25
3/9/2014 PCGS G 4   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 176125 $195.80


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base30438648459766391696910211079111711711206123312781333158317762268398491001438116340
33141852161974793398610401091113511821215124812961416164719402840568910860150340
0000009861040109111351182121512481296141616471940284056891086000
00000010031059110411531194122412631314149917112104341273941262000
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3984
Owner: ddr70
 
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