Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,019,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1867 RAYS 5C MS obverse 1867 RAYS 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

In late 1866 there was already discussion of removing the rays from the reverse of the five-cent piece in an attempt to make the coins strike up more fully. The continued urgent demand for nickels to retire five-cent notes did not allow for any delays in coining, so a modest number was coined early in 1867 before this change could be effected. Actually, a mintage of more than two million pieces is small only when compared to the nearly 29 million produced without rays later in the year.

This subtype With Rays is readily available in worn condition, but Mint State examples are scarce, gems genuinely rare. They displays the same flaws as the 1866 pieces, and few of them are fully struck.

This issue is also rich in varieties, the roster of those recognized by NGC being just the tip of the iceberg. So many varieties are known for Shield Nickels that ones which would be of considerable interest for another coin type are largely overshadowed within this series.

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Last Updated: 5/25/2020

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1867 RAYS 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 35.00 55.00 85.00 130 230 270 285 315 360 445 475 525 650 1350 3200 9750 40000 - - -
$ 245 - - - 360 - 475 565 725 1575 5300 14500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 660
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/13/2021 1867 RAYS 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1231329161813205554227658019155131---658
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Total1231329161813205554227658019255131---659
 0%0%0%2%4%2%3%2%3%8%8%0%4%10%12%29%8%2%0%--- 
1867 RAYS 5C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------11----2
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Total----------------11----2
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1867 RAYS 5C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13514320125839564272580283887492510361103121914271969340653678768159352746532988
138162220304477670751814850891962105811421288160824484060650111157197782930634637
0000007518148508919621058114212881608244840606501111571977800
0000007768268629089991081118013581788292747137634135462362200
1867 RAYS 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1231311752373605976847457838208749741044115913631843319451588428154882680532231
12614619627843962670475879583890799710821227152322933849624810781192602861433843
000000704758795838907997108212271523229338496248107811926000
0000007257708088569411021112112951683274445037338131352303300
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 5158
Owner: Jeff Shields
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1843
Owner: Amazon
 
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