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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 7/17/2014

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1882 5C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 18.00 25.00 30.00 39.00 65.00 65.00 95.00 100.00 110 125 145 165 175 215 330 700 1400 5100 - - -
$ 70.00 100.00 110 125 135 155 175 195 230 375 800 2075 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1032
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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8/6/2003 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1762, 1762/Lot# 1025 $1,210.00
11/19/2005 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #65114, 65114/Lot# 24078 $475.00
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 88 $155.25
1/15/2012 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131204/Lot# 24738 $920.00
5/6/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131220/Lot# 26062 $94.00
11/11/2012 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/11/2012, 48/Lot# 53074 $220.00
3/31/2013 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 745, 754/Lot# 54 $160.00
10/10/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14565 $246.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1882 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base162432456311515920122724827229233040948968411381707371276921347315341
18263651801291732092342562783043564355548351327237550389619140950
000000173209234256278304356435554835132723755038961900
0000001872182412642853173824626199861517304363651154600
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 1494
Owner: MADavis
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 1138
Owner: Amazon
 
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