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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1867 RAYS 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 32.00 42.50 60.00 97.50 190 260 280 300 330 390 435 525 725 1300 3400 10000 35000 - - -
$ 210 - - - 360 - 470 565 800 1625 4000 14500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 624
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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4/24/1996 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 0835, 835/Lot# 256 $130.80
2/27/2003 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2003 February Long Beach Signature Sale #314, 314/Lot# 5627 $690.00
5/31/2004 NGC MS 64   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 461 $322.00
5/9/2007 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2007 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #434, 434/Lot# 1437 $2,645.00
4/30/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 367, 373/Lot# 5189 $701.50
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1098 $607.20
12/2/2012 PCGS VG 8   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/02/2012, 51/Lot# 86442 $22.00
7/11/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1187/Lot# 7419 $734.38


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1867 5C MS RAYS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13514320125839564272580283887492510361103121914271969340653678768159352746532988
13816222030447767075181485089196210581142128816082448406065011115719778293060
0000007518148508919621058114212881608244840606501111571977800
0000007768268629089991081118013581788292747137634135462362200
1867 5C MS RAYS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1231311752373605976847457838208749741044115913631843319451588428154882680532231
1261461962784396267047587958389079971082122715232293384962481078119260286140
000000704758795838907997108212271523229338496248107811926000
0000007257708088569411021112112951683274445037338131352303300
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 1843
Owner: Amazon
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1843
Owner: redbird97
 
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