Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 11,472,900
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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1882 5C MS obverse 1882 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

After a five-year period during which only about 110,000 nickels were coined for circulation, this denomination came back with a vengeance in 1882. Some 11-1/2 million pieces were produced this year.

The 1882 Shield Nickel is readily available across a wide range of grades, and it is seen with both sharp strikes from fresh dies and poor strikes from worn, cracked dies. For many collectors this issue provides the coin for their type sets, but some care in selecting the right example is required.

A large mintage resulted in numerous varieties, mostly repunched dates. The numeral 2 is often found partly or completely filled from chipping of the die, the coin illustrated being an example. Such pieces are frequently and mistakenly submitted to NGC as 1883/2 overdates.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/1/2015

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1882 5C MS
Base $ 18.00 25.00 30.00 40.00 70.00 100.00 105 115 135 165 175 215 330 675 1175 5250 - - -
$ - - - - - - 195 230 375 775 1700 - -

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Total Graded: 1058
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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9/15/2003 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 158 $322.00
10/24/2005 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2109, 2109/Lot# 1096 $644.00
3/7/2006 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #26032, 26032/Lot# 11124 $126.50
10/7/2010 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 521, 528/Lot# 5148 $149.50
2/22/2013 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6807 $364.25
3/16/2014 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 795, 804/Lot# 47 $625.00
3/23/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/23/2014, 178/Lot# 180974 $298.29

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1882 5C MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 1138
Owner: Amazon
Grade: MS 64
Points: 684
Owner: D. L. Tyler
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