Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,575
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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1881 5C PF obverse 1881 5C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The large number of proofs coined this year was due in part to the scarcity of currency pieces, and the premium charged for minor proofs was so low. There was also speculative interest in the proof-only trade dollars of this and surrounding years, so that added to the sales of silver proof sets which included the minor coins, as well.

Though not always fully struck at their centers, most 1881 proof nickels were quite well made by the standards of the time. They certainly were an improvement over those of the 1870s. Gems are fairly plentiful, and enough Cameo proofs are known to make these collectable for the advanced specialist.

It appears that all proofs were coined with an obverse die that displays slight repunching on the second 8.

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Last Updated: 7/17/2014

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1881 5C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 210 230 255 285 325 375 485 670 925 1625 11000 - -
$ - - - - - 280 310 345 425 550 750 1050 2500 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 807
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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6/23/2004 PCGS PF 66   Teletrade Auction 1900, 1900/Lot# 1146 $880.00
2/20/2005 NGC PF 65   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1017 $529.00
2/23/2005 PCGS PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366, 366/Lot# 5859 $546.25
4/16/2008 NGC PF 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #1104, 1104/Lot# 352 $2,185.00
12/4/2008 NGC PF 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2008 December Houston, TX Signature Coin Auction #1118, 1118/Lot# 915 $977.50
7/28/2013 NGC PF 66   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 762, 771/Lot# 773 $927.00
10/12/2014 NGC PF 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 223372 $1,200.00
10/30/2014 NGC PF 67   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 4050 $1,175.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11114719024831740445350253956359762064270573578311101416233539521154220784
1231612092713464204695145475746046276637157518921212172228746482146220
000000469514547574604627663715751892121217222874648200
0000004855265555856126346847257671001131420283413901200
1881 5C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base163212275351442549613674719749793820847925962102112711609261443611329523859
17923330038147757063368972976380282987393798111041383194431967339168160
0000006336897297638028298739379811104138319443196733900
000000653704739778811838899949100111871496227937781031700
1881 5C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2623334205226447858709491008104711031138117312711319139315471936308050371612128830
285362454562691813896968102110651114114912051287134314441676231737328731203570
00000089696810211065111411491205128713431444167623173732873100
000000922988103410841126116112381303136814951806269843841242600
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Grade: PF 68 CA
Points: 4361
Owner: SLUGGO
 
Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 3196
Owner: Cameolot
 
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