Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,419
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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1883 SHIELD 5C PF obverse 1883 SHIELD 5C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is perhaps the most well made proof in the Shield Nickel series, with full strikes and bright fields being the rule. Only occasionally are the flaws described for some other dates seen with this issue. The certified population of gems is large for this date, though with only a limited number of these qualifying as Cameo proofs.

Though this coin type became obsolete early in 1883, as the Mint transitioned to the new Liberty Head type, production of Shield Nickel proofs continued through most of the year. This was done to curb speculation in what would otherwise have been a rare issue. Collectors and speculators only sought them more, setting a record proof mintage for the series.

A very minor repunched date variety is known for one proof die, but there is almost no interest by collectors.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/17/2014

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1883 SHIELD 5C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 215 255 290 340 450 670 925 1625 11750 - -
$ - - - - - 235 280 325 375 500 750 1050 2350 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1133
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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2/1/2015 PF 67  Cameo Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1217/Lot# 3549
2/1/2015 PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1217/Lot# 7155


Auction Prices Realized

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12/15/1999 PCGS PF 64   Teletrade Auction 1248, 1248/Lot# 1115 $305.20
1/12/2005 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 5738 $621.00
5/29/2011 PCGS PF 65   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 688 $494.50
6/14/2011 NGC PF 66   Cameo Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 2102 $747.50
11/29/2012 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 7828 $998.75
5/12/2013 PCGS PF 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 751, 760/Lot# 834 $351.00
2/23/2014 NGC PF 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/23/2014, 182/Lot# 144837 $1,084.60
1/7/2015 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1216/Lot# 9515 $459.43


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1883 SHIELD 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base679412716722028232036038640643145048956366378310661393233539521128120404
761051401842402943333683924144374635135967038771175170728746395143220
000000333368392414437463513596703877117517072874639500
000000346377399422443476538629743971128420213413883800
1883 SHIELD 5C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base106143186244311395445492527551586609659751874102112231583261443611300623440
11815720526633941146050353556259362568979292310881343192631967242164840
0000004605035355625936256897929231088134319263196724200
00000047651554357460164272083397211551463227037781012400
1883 SHIELD 5C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17523029537546958164871376079183586593010481206139314921907308050371578628347
1932513214065066036697287708058458869691100126814261630229837328620199730
000000669728770805845886969110012681426163022983732862000
00000069174478082085590810081153133014591768268943841220300
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Grade: PF 66 CAMEO
Points: 3781
Owner: JTO
 
Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 2614
Owner: jgrinz
 
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